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Bangai-O - Sega Dreamcast

by SPIG
Sega Dreamcast
Everyone
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews) 87 / 100


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  • ASIN: B000059Z7R
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,259 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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An interstellar crime syndicate is financing their nefarious schemes by smuggling space fruits throughout the galaxy. You take the role of Riki and Mami, two members of an elite force sent to stop the illegal activities. Your task is to get into the powerful Bangai-O suit, infiltrate the syndicate's bases, and confiscate the fruit. Naturally, the gangsters will not sit by and let you do this; you will have to take out swarms of enemies along the way. Luckily, the suit has two different firing modes that you can choose from: homing missiles and reflecting laser shots. When the going gets tough, you can also use the super bomb, which destroys every foe on the screen. You are also free to move around the environment, and you can fire in any direction. All of the action takes place in more than 40 levels that will put your fruit-busting skills to the test. Only you can protect the galaxy from the perils of bad fruit in Bangai-O.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Time of Your Life Blowing Stuff Up March 22, 2001
The Sega Dreamcast has become somewhat of a shooter's haven: GigaWing, Gunbird 2, Cannon Spike, Mars Matrix, and now Bangai-O. The lastest masterpiece from developer Treasure (the makers of the legendary Radiant Silvergun), Bangai-O continues the grateful trend of 2D, skill-based, twitch-style shooting gameplay that harkens to the old-school days of games like Defender and Sinistar, with some new twists that could only be possible on Sega's 128-bit machine.
Bangai-O is full of bizarre, anime-style quirk. You control the Bangai-O, a weapon-laden mech piloted by a brother and sister team, Riki and Mami of the planet Dan Star, and careen into battle against the evil, fruit-hording SF Kosmo Gang. Yep -- fruit. You fly around a Joust-style level, using Robotron-style controls (d-pad to move, ABXY buttons to shoot, press two at once to fire diagonally...trust me, it's easy once you get the hang of it), blowing up everything that moves or doesn't move -- enemy robots, walls, buildings -- and picking up the fruit left behind (shades of Ms. Pac-Man). Doing so nets you points and also builds your Scatter Bomb meter, a wonderful device that enables the Bangai-O to literally fill the screen with rockets or lasers. The amount of destruction the Scatter Bomb deals is affected by how many enemies and enemy bullets are near the Bangai-O, which can result in a screen filled to the corners with beautiful missiles and explosions. It can also be used as a defensive device, for it wipes out enemy projectiles as well. You can choose either Riki or Mami to pilot the Bangai-O and switch at any time. When Riki's at the helm, the Bangai-O releases a swarm of homing missiles. Choose Mami, and your weapon becomes reflecting lasers that rebound off any surface (nice in tight tunnels).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Fan October 25, 2001
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Bangai-o has something that is quite rare in the world of 2-D shooters.... crazy replay value. First of all, it has over 40 levels! They are free roaming levels, so you control the pace at which you advance. You can play it safe and sound, or you can attack the enemy agressively. Here is the catch - and not understanding this principle will probably cause a gamer to hate the game: you have a super weapon, and it's power is directly related to the amount of enemy fire on the screen, how fast it's moving, and how close it is to you. The super weapon can be so powerful that on some of the later level it will become your primary weapon. Bangai-o puts more enemies and missiles on the screen at once than any game I have ever seen! It is a sight to behold, and a must play. The play mechanics are just so fun you will probably find yourself coming back over and over again just to replay a few levels and blow more stuff up. Also, the default control scheme sucks, go with the second option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Treasure! April 14, 2001
Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh is the antidote to the Playstation generation of gamers, who have been fed a constant diet 3D driving, fighting, corridor shooting games in the past 7 years (at least). This is in glorious 2D and what's more the game is proud of that. The people who dislike this game say that the 2D graphics are not very good. THAT'S THE POINT, this game is not about flashy 3D graphics, the latest dance soundtrack by DJ megamixer(or whoever) and it is not here to pander to gamers who only got into playing games because it is fashionable.
Bangai-o is a wonderful example of gameplay over aesthetics and Treasure should be applauded for it.
Also take a note of the story in the game, it is easy to dismiss it as badly translated Japanese, but look closely and you'll find a complex and anarchic story which highlights the plight of two revolutionaries who seek to free the galaxy of the influence of the SF Cosmo Gang and their illegal trade in space fruit. There is also a question to whether Riki and Mami are in fact the bad guys as well. The characters in Bangai -o definitely add to the fun and that is the bottom line Bangai - o is FUN.
BTW in the UK this got a rating for 3 years and over, evidently the ratings board did not play the game or they would have seen a couple of swear words creep into the dialogue ;0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Addictive Shooter in Years April 3, 2001
As a veteran 2D shooter fan, I've seen it all, and initially Bangai-O didn't completely impress me. But after pounding through several levels one comes to appreciate the underlying "power-up" and scoring structure. Then seemingly 1,000 things move, escape, shoot, and explode ALL AT ONCE when you nail a 400+ missile attack in the middle of heavy enemy fire. Then you try to maximize these points-getting maxi-explosions while NOT GETTING HIT throughout the entire level for that elusive 100,000 "no-hit" bonus. But to get the 400+ explosion you need to wait until the very last moment to be surrounded by enemy bullets! Now that's gameplay balance!
This may be the most addictive shooter since the similar (but of course simpler) Robotron. And believe me when I say I have a library full of shooters. In fact, this is like an enhanced Japanese version of the all-time American classic, with totally whacked anime cutsequences and scrolling levels (44 total) added.
Shooter fans and those who love to be challenged simply cannot pass this one up. Just try not to gag too badly on the horrendous translations...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make things go boom
This game is fun and addictive. Simple arcade style, 99 levels of boombastic game play. Since this game was subbed before anime was taken seriously in the states it has the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Geddon
5.0 out of 5 stars a sweet........
sweet game from TREASURE.......

get this on NINTENDO DS, there is a new version out NOW!!

check it out!! Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by Video Game History
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure to be trasured by Treasure
Old school gamers remember 2D side scrolling shooters such as Contra or Radient Silvergun and those of you who have a Dreamcast know that it is getting loaded down with 2D shooters... Read more
Published on April 17, 2004 by ChaosCajin
4.0 out of 5 stars good but odd
in bangai-o your a robot and you go around on inclosed levels and
shoot bad guy robots and get to the finish.its odd but not 2 bad
Published on August 17, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars INNOVATION AT ITS PEAK
I was dying to get this game when it first came out for N64 in Japan, but I'm glad I waited for this DC version. Read more
Published on November 28, 2001 by C. Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars did i miss the turn??
when i first got this game I thought It was going to be like Gundam side story 0079, where your in the cockpit. Read more
Published on October 10, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars So simple, it's brilliant.
At times, this glorious 2-D explosion-fest can be more addictive than any drug. It'll have you saying "Just one more level and then I'll stop" and "I'll try it just... Read more
Published on May 30, 2001 by "numskull"
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Does It Again!
If you know Treasure(the developer of this game, and one of the hard core gamers' fave developers) then you know that it is your duty to pick this game up. Read more
Published on May 24, 2001 by Therabbitssing
5.0 out of 5 stars how much fun this is
I went to funco land today to play the game "bangai-o" it is the best game there was ever made.It beat Digimon world 2 by a long shot ,and the graghics are great. Read more
Published on May 7, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game big on play
This Is a great shooter for anyone who loves shooters. I wish the graphics were a little larger, with so much happening on screen it can be a little hard to see. Read more
Published on April 28, 2001 by Glenn
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