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Tech Romancer

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Arcade
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4.0
Dreamcast
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4.1
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Tech Romancer Arcade Purple's power
Tech Romancer Arcade Heavy Armor Wiseduck
Tech Romancer Arcade Giant ancient robot
Tech Romancer Arcade Rockets launchers

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)

The Press Says

neXGam Dreamcast Dec 27, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Informer Magazine Dreamcast Jul, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Retrogaming.it Dreamcast Jul 23, 2008 8 out of 10 80
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Dreamcast Aug 12, 2010 8 out of 10 80
SegaFan.com Dreamcast Dec 13, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
Gaming Target Dreamcast Jul 12, 2000 7.8 out of 10 78
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dreamcast Aug 29, 2000 7 out of 10 70
HappyPuppy Dreamcast Jun 12, 2000 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Feb 11, 2012 C 50
Gamekult Dreamcast Oct 12, 2000 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

It's the adaptation of the arcade game "Kikaioh".
Contributed to by Trypticon (8205) and yprbest (100)