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Ordyne was originally an arcade game developed and released to Japanese arcades by Namco in 1988, The game was eventually ported to the TurboGrafx-16 and released in the United States on that platform in 1989. The game would later be released for the original PlayStation on Namco Museum Volume 4 and even later on released on the North American Wii Virtual Console in 2007. 
Ordyne splash screen on the TurboGrafx-16

 

Development


 
Ordyne was originally developed for Japanese arcades on the Namco System 2 hardware. It was released as both an upright arcade machine and also as a machine in a cocktail configuration.
 
The game allows two players to play the game simultaneously as the game's two different characters; Yuichiro Tomari and Sunday Chin. Yuichiro pilots the red ship in the game and Sunday pilots a green ship.
 
Ordyne is a classic SHMUP or Shoot-em-up game. It is also considered to be one of the original games in the Cute-em-up category along with the Konami devoloped game Parodius. Both games are characterized by standard shoot-em-up gameplay but use cute, sometimes anime style cartoon characters in place of the typical starships, airplanes or tanks found in SHMUPS. 
 

Gameplay


 
Ordyne is a horizontal side scrolling shooter game. The two player's characters must fly their ships and blast enemies while trying to save scientist Tomari's girlfriend and fincee Kana.  
 

 
Players die after getting hit with a single shot but can continue the game with lives earned and purchased through the course of the game. Picking up crystals during the game earns more lives for players. Crystals can also be earned by shooting at the rotating target of Dream Co. Ltd., a robot who arrives occasionally at times in the game. Special weapons can also be earned by shooting Dream Co. Ltd.
 
Each level of the game is accompanied with its own music and ends with a more difficult boss fight.
 

Original Box Desciption
Dream Co. Ltd in Ordyne


 
The evil Kubota has kidnapped Dr. Tomari's fiancee, Kana, and taken the colossal nuclear reactor Ordyne. In order to reclaim them, Dr. Tomari and his assistant Felix take to their battleships and head off in pursuit. Avoid enemies and advance through seven different levels that take place on land, sea, and air. Collect crystals from defeated enemies and use them to buy items or upgrades for your ship at the Space Inn. Do you have what it takes to defeat the boss at the end of each level and ultimately reach Kubota in the final stage, Kubota World?

   

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