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Side Arms Special is, in essence, the same game as the regular edition of the arcade side-scrolling shooter Side Arms (with audio CD tracks instead of MIDI music) - plus a new gameplay mode called Before Christ.

This mode can be considered a "hardcore mode", since the player has to return to the beginning of the level after the player character has died, as opposed to losing a "life" and continuing from the same spot in the regular mode. Also, while in the regular mode the player can change the type and direction of weapon (laser, spreading, etc.) at any time, in Before Christ mode, it is possible only upon picking up a corresponding power-up.

Another change includes the ability to charge the weapon, similarly to the feature in R-Type. The charged beam is more powerful, but obviously requires more time to execute.


Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special TurboGrafx CD That's it. Killed by a snake... *sniff*
Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special TurboGrafx CD Flying through cave. Laser power increased
Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special TurboGrafx CD Oh yeah?! And you fight like a COW!
Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special TurboGrafx CD Futuristic environments. I've got a nice weapon, what do you think?..

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Alternate Titles

  • "サイドアーム・スペシャル" -- Japanese spelling

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Joystick (French) Apr, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Génération 4 Mar, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Retro Archives Oct 06, 2019 12.5 out of 20 62


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Unicorn Lynx (181393) added Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special (TurboGrafx CD) on Nov 24, 2010
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