One of the yuckier games on the Turbo Grafx 16(TG16).
Its hard to tell wether NEC intended this as some sort of parody. Where do I begin? The voice: some goofy villain in a purple robe yells "I'm Doctor Bomb!" at you, all the time stabbing at you at a rediculous rate. Then there's the continue screen. first he(the villain!) tells you "You have # left. push run.", where # is how many continues you posess. If you are "lucky!" enough to press run, the villain slaps his head and says so. ("Lucky!") if you run out, or fail to push run, he says 'It's a cruel world.'

Then there is the game itself. It consists of you, playing as bravoman, kicking and punching small, pesky robots with your inspector gadget style extending arms, legs, and head. the time you hold the button determines how far you punch/kick/headbutt, but only to a point. powerups consist of spare parts, rice balls, and lines of a kanji(yes, in an american game) in bubbles in various places.

Overall, this is the kind of poorly translated, could-have-been fun game that marked the Turbo's early years in this country. Pick it up only if you want a good giggle.

Beraboh Man, or BravoMan as it's best known in the US, is at heart, an over the top parody of the Japanese favorite Ultraman from 1988. Of course, Namco doing over the top in the late 80's is nothing new, as proven in Quest of Pistol Daimyo, Wonder Momo, and the Famicom port of Splatterhouse. The gamelay was of the sidescrolling level variety. And due to the subject matter, this was a huge hit in Japan, but unfortunately it never made it stateside, as Atari thought it was "too strange" to pick up the rights on.

Namco then ported the game to NEC's PC-Engine, where the game did great sales numbers. Afterwards NEC's US games department decided to pick up the game for the TurboGrafx-16 and translate it. And the translation was indeed, a very good example of engrish in video games. Or maybe it was meant to be. In any case, the original japanese arcade game is playable in MAME.

Marchen Maze -- Baraduke 2

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