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Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special

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Based on 3 critic reviews
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73

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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 26, 2018
PCNov 29, 2017

Developers: City Connection, Chara-Ani

Publisher: Degica

Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special is an enhanced port of Jaleco's classic 90s vertically scrolling shooting game. It mixes cute characters, a game world parodying a wide range of gaming tropes and history, tight controls, refined mechanics and eggplants?! The game features both the console original and the exclusive Arcade Mode + in a retro game fan's dream combination. Arcade Mode +: - Normal (6 stages, multiple difficulties & practice mode) -Time Attack (Play against the clock for a high score) - 7 characters, 6 unique ships and more via DLC - 2 display modes (vertical stretch & dot by dot) - Multiple soundtrack & voice types - HD Data Mode: high-res game flyers & info on Jaleco's games Classic Mode - Arcade - 6 stages of straight-laced shooting with 2p co-op - 1 Time Attack stage - Vertical display mode Classic Mode - Arrange - 8 stages with fully-voiced intermissions - Fully voiced opening and ending movies and several songs - Time attack with 2 stages and a practice stage

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Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special Reviews

Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special is a friendly opportunity to visit with a videogame-about-a-videogames pioneer. As a six-stage shoot 'em up, Game Tengoku is stretched as far as $30 can take it. As a peak into the ultra-novelty of 1995's Japanese arcade scene, it may be priceless. It is both Important and Good that Game Tengoku is now somewhat localized and available.

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Game Tengoku CrusinMix Special is best thought of as an experience. There are a lot of scenes where the main characters chat with each other and goof off - not to mention the multiple songs with vocals, commentary tracks, and even an interactive karaoke performance. This creates an atmosphere not often seen in such a tradition-focused genre. None of this comes at the expense of the game itself, which is a solidly enjoyable trip down memory lane. The scoring mechanics are well-realized, while the stages are cluttered with things to see and destroy. Ideally, all of the clutter could have been stretched out to create a more consistent and fully-realized shmup, but what's there is perfectly all right.

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As a compilation of the arcade and Sega Saturn versions of a shoot 'em up from the mid-'90s, Game Tengoku CruisinMix holds up impressively well.

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