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Though decried by many as an attempt to repackage Namco's 1979 hit Galaxian as a cutesy game, King and Balloon is actually more challenging. It is also a very early example of speech synthesis, or perhaps in this case "speech sound-alikes"; the king squeals "Help! Help!" in a high-pitched voice when abducted, and "thank you!" when shot to safety (with slightly different words in the Japanese edition). King and Balloon is a nice twist on a standard shooter formula, and not worthy of its obscurity.