Katakis was the first R-Type influenced side scrolling shoot 'em up. You control the H-75 Eagle Fighter against the machines which have overrun a peaceful planet, with an indestructible satellite and collectable power-ups to help you through 12 levels. Each of these have lots of parallax scrolling and some direct influences from films including Aliens and The Terminator.
The game can be played in co-op with one player steering the ship and another steering the satellite (C64 version only).
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Activision Europe, the holder of the rights for home versions of the arcade game R-Type threatened legal action due to similarities of the two games. The dispute was settled by allowing Rainbow Arts to re-release Katakis as Denaris with graphical changes to mask the similarities and in an unusual twist, Rainbow Arts would handle the C64 and Amiga ports of R-Type since their ability to deliver was already proven.
The sound of the shooting changes its pitch along with the music playing in the background.
- Commodore Format
- February 1991 (Issue 5) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
- Game Art Beyond
- In 2018, Katakis was selected as one of the biggest classics on the Commodore 64 by the creators of the C64 graphics collection Game Art Beyond. Katakis was honoured with a high resolution title picture (based on the original box artwork) in a special C64 graphics format called NUFLI, along with a new C64 SID interpretation of the title screen tune.
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Detailed comparison of the difference of Katakis and Denaris. In German.
- MobyGames ID: 17058
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Contributors to this Entry
Game added by Rene Trost.
iPhone, iPad added by Sciere.
Additional contributors: Martin Smith, Hazuki, S Olafsson, Malte Mundt, Jo ST, FatherJack.
Game added March 26th, 2005. Last modified February 13th, 2023.