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Tech Romancer

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Tech Romancer is a 3D beat-em-up with a difference: rather than controlling a martial artist, the player selects one of the several available giant robots (mechs). These range from the absurd (a huge, spherical mech with a boat and bus for feet, a house for a head, train for one arm and office building with wrecking ball for another) to the "typical" anime styled mecha (beam-firing chest gem, detachable rocket-powered fists) to a more westernised idea of a mech (huge, sluggish, equipped with heavy cannon, rockets, missiles and land-mines).

The gameplay takes part in large 3D arenas, usually dotted with buildings and other landmarks, many of which are destructible and may contain power-ups. Game controls consist of two attack buttons, one block and one jump. Characters have a special bar; once it is full (up to a maximum of three times), a special move can be executed. There is an armour bar, which depletes as the characters takes or blocks certain hits; if it runs out the character will start taking hefty damage even when blocking. The life and time-bars are self-explanatory, and there is also the special-weapon inventory, which can hold up to five special weapons at a time (these are picked up from the battlefield or stolen off the enemy).

The main single-player mode is a story mode, which is completely different for each character and, for most characters at least, branches many ways, often with multiple endings depending on choices made and targets met.


Tech Romancer Arcade First fight
Tech Romancer Arcade Title screen
Tech Romancer Arcade Clash of robots
Tech Romancer Arcade Giant ancient robot

Alternate Titles

  • "超鋼戦紀キカイオー" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Choukou Senki Kikaioh" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Giant Robots! Anime stylings! Completely over the top action! What more could you want? Dreamcast yprbest (100)

Critic Reviews

Defunct Games Dreamcast Aug 13, 2005 90 out of 100 90
neXGam Dreamcast Dec 27, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Armchair Empire, The Dreamcast Sep 01, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Dreamcast Jul, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Retrogaming.it Dreamcast Jul 23, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Jun 20, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Dreamcast Jul 20, 2000 15 out of 20 75
Video Games Dreamcast Jul, 2000 59 out of 100 59
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Feb 11, 2012 C 50
Gamekult Dreamcast Oct 12, 2000 3 out of 10 30


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