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Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special

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Game Information

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

Developers: City Connection, Chara-Ani

Publisher: Degica

Genre: Arcade

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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Digital Chumps

7 / 10.0
Eric Layman

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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7 / 10

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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Video Chums

8 / 10.0
Video Chums

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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