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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.


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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

The Next Level (USA) Aug 05, 2001 A- 91
IGN Jan 17, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Sep 01, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The May 07, 2001 8.7 out of 10 87
Planet Dreamcast Mar 28, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Jan 07, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Netjak Jun 03, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85 Dec 16, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
Video Games Jan, 2000 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Jul 25, 2001 C+ 58


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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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Satoshi Kunsai (2074) added Bangai-O (Dreamcast) on May 27, 2002
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