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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 Title screen
Tech Romancer Arcade DOWN!
Tech Romancer Arcade Epizode 1 (from story mode - each character has own texts)
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

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
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Dreamcast Aug 12, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Jun 20, 2000 8 out of 10 80
SegaFan.com Dreamcast Dec 13, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
Jeuxvideo.com Dreamcast Jul 20, 2000 15 out of 20 75
HappyPuppy Dreamcast Jun 12, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dreamcast Aug 29, 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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It's the adaptation of the arcade game "Kikaioh".
Contributed to by Trypticon (7392) and yprbest (100)