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Technosoft / Tecno Soft appreciation thread
1983parrothead
This developer is a very good one and has a good fanbase. In their beginning, they developed on Japan-only home computers. They started with the Sharp MZ-700 title "Donkey Gorilla". As its lame name applies, it is obviously a clone of Nintendo's Donkey Kong arcade. It was quite difficult for me to pass the first stage, but I gave up playing the game as soon as I beat the first stage.

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Shortly after that, Katsunori Yoshimura joined to create some innovative titles like Plazma Line and ThunderForce.

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Shortly after those titles were released, Katsunori Yoshimura moved away to found his own developer Arsys Software (not to be confused with Arc System Works nor Aksys Games). Meanwhile, Technosoft / Tecno Soft created the Herzog series and ThunderForce II. The Herzog series is considered by video game historians as the world's first real time strategy games. Perhaps this and ThunderForce II were created as a farewell tribute to Katsunori Yoshimura after he left Technosoft / Tecno Soft.

After the release of ThunderForce III, more employees left Technosoft / Tecno Soft to found CA Productions, a company responsible for Hudson Soft's Gates of Thunder and Lord of Thunder titles, which resemble ThunderForce III. They also developed Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire, a shoot 'em up that pushes the PC Engine CD to its limits. This is the reason why some reviewers like MegaTech magazine praised ThunderForce IV's video effects, but noted that "the basic gameplay is nothing original". However, Hardcore Gaming 101 believes that fans consider it the "apex" of the ThunderForce franchise.

A few years after the release of ThunderForce V, more staff members left to found Ganbarion, known for developing Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars. In 2001, the company was purchased by pachinko maker Twenty-one Company and was merged into its R&D division. The most recent activity of Technosoft / Tecno Soft I saw was the rerelease of their ThunderForce V soundtrack, titled Technosoft GAME MUSIC COLLECTION VOL.10 ~ Technology ~ 2013 Thunder Force V Original Sound Track, released on May 15th, 2013.
 
NeoGeoNinja
I'm quite the fan of Technosoft tbh.

I absolutely love the Thunderforce series (esp. IV & V) and think the sun shines out of Hyper Duel's arse! it's their finest shooter to date imo.

Also, I really like their Pinball titles too: Dragon's Fury & Dragon's Revenge, as they're known as here in the UK. I know the first game is known as Alien Crush or Devil's Crush in JPN but not sure what the sequel is called(?). They're both excellent games.

They also made Nekketsu Oyako (beat em up) for Saturn & PSX, but unfortunately, I've never gotten around to trying either of them out...
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Henke
NeoGeoNinja wrote:

Also, I really like their Pinball titles too: Dragon's Fury & Dragon's Revenge, as they're known as here in the UK. I know the first game is known as Alien Crush or Devil's Crush in JPN but not sure what the sequel is called(?). They're both excellent games.


The Crush series is actually made by Compile. But TS did reprogram Dragon's Fury for the MD

Alien Crush is the first in the series, only released for PCE/TG16

Dragon's Fury is the second, released for both PCE/TG16 and MD/GEN, called Devil's Crush for PCE/TG16 and Devil Crash MD for MD

The third is Jaki Crush for Super Famicom

Dragon's Revenge is not part of the series really. It's made by Tengen, who published Dragon's Fury in US/Europe. Compile or TS has nothing to do with this title.

However, TS did a game called Fantasic Pinball for PS and Saturn. And yes, It's called fantasic, not fantastic hahaSmile

I really like the Arcade version of Thunder Force III, TF AC. It's available for the Saturn on the
Thunder Force Gold Pack 2 disc. Pretty much the same as TF III but with extra levels and much harder.
 
merlin
Strangely enough I've never got around to playing any of the Thunder Force games. I really need to buy them for Saturn.

Fantasic Pinball, which Henke mentioned, is 'fantastic' . One of the best pinball video games I've played. A must for anyone who owns a Saturn and loves pinball. Very appealing graphics.

As some of you may remember I'm a huge fan of Nekketsu Oyako. Whenever my brother and me are in the mood for some two player games we always seem to end up playing Nekketsu Oyako. Each character has a quite a few moves and it's fun linking moves together. The stage designs are nice and varied. The second stage where you are fighting inside a whale and later on it's back is a classic. The soundtrack, composed by Hyakutaro Tsukumo, is excellent with some very memorable tunes.

Ninja I hope you give Nekketsu a try. I remember mentioning it to you a few times in the past. Don't know if you are aware of this or not but the Saturn version is superior to the PS1 version. The characters have more moves, the character Rando moves less slowly and there have been graphical enhancements e.g. fish jumping out of the water during the whale stage and also some redrawn sprites.
 
NeoGeoNinja
merlin wrote:
Ninja I hope you give Nekketsu a try. I remember mentioning it to you a few times in the past. Don't know if you are aware of this or not but the Saturn version is superior to the PS1 version. The characters have more moves, the character Rando moves less slowly and there have been graphical enhancements e.g. fish jumping out of the water during the whale stage and also some redrawn sprites.

It's on the hit list Merlin!

Once I'm back on my feet (financially speaking) and back in the groove, this is definitely one on my short list of titles that I DEFINITELY want.

Oh yes... I mean the Saturn version, of course Wink
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NeoGeoNinja
Henke wrote:

NeoGeoNinja wrote:

Also, I really like their Pinball titles too: Dragon's Fury & Dragon's Revenge, as they're known as here in the UK. I know the first game is known as Alien Crush or Devil's Crush in JPN but not sure what the sequel is called(?). They're both excellent games.


The Crush series is actually made by Compile. But TS did reprogram Dragon's Fury for the MD

Alien Crush is the first in the series, only released for PCE/TG16

Dragon's Fury is the second, released for both PCE/TG16 and MD/GEN, called Devil's Crush for PCE/TG16 and Devil Crash MD for MD

The third is Jaki Crush for Super Famicom

Dragon's Revenge is not part of the series really. It's made by Tengen, who published Dragon's Fury in US/Europe. Compile or TS has nothing to do with this title.

However, TS did a game called Fantasic Pinball for PS and Saturn. And yes, It's called fantasic, not fantastic hahaSmile


I knew about Fantas(t)ic Pinball actually, but the rest is new info to me (as I'm not at all up on PCE/TG16 releases).

Thanks for the heads up.

Dragon's Revenge is surprisingly decent for a non-canon release. Admittedly though, it doesn't quite have the edge of Dragon's Fury...
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