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A group of space pirates known as the Cosmo Gang is concocting an evil scheme, which involves smuggling rare fruits and using them for their own foul purposes. Two young mecha pilots, Riki and his sister Mami, board a giant mecha called Bangai-O, in order to confront the pirates in battle and foil their villainous plans.

Bangai-O is a multi-directional shooter and a spiritual successor to Hover Attack. The player manoeuvres the titular mecha and shoots in eight directions. Two firing modes represent switching between the two pilots. Riki fires homing missiles, while Mami's shots bounce off walls. Enemies drop fruits upon defeat, which are equivalent to power-ups in other games. It is also possible to execute a special attack that consists of a burst of shots fired in all directions. Scoring successful combos (or increasing explosion count in the Dreamcast version) leads to higher-level power-ups.


Bangai-O Nintendo 64 Flying Around
Bangai-O Nintendo 64 Title Screen
Bangai-O Nintendo 64 Action!
Bangai-O Nintendo 64 I just had to share this with you - this is what you get when you die :D

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Alternate Titles

  • "爆裂無敵 バンガイオー" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

IGN Dreamcast Jan 17, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Dreamcast May 07, 2001 8.7 out of 10 87
Netjak Dreamcast Jun 03, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Oct 07, 1999 7.8 out of 10 78
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Jan, 2000 75 out of 100 75
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Dec, 1999 2.25 out of 6 75
Video Games Dreamcast Nov, 2000 68 out of 100 68
Retroage Nintendo 64 Jan 30, 2008 6.7 out of 10 67
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Jul 25, 2001 C+ 58
Joypad Dreamcast Sep, 2000 5 out of 10 50


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1001 Video Games

The Dreamcast version of Bangai-O appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Title translation

The Japanese title of the game, Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh!, can be translated into "Explosive Invincible Bangaioh".

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