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Ibara Kuro: Black Label (Arcade)

Ibara Kuro: Black Label Arcade Title screen


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Ibara Kuro: Black Label is a revisited version of the arcade game Ibara, featuring some changes introduced in its PlayStation 2 conversion, along with further ones. While graphics, sound, characters and plot are reproduced with no alterations, gameplay and the HUD are changed. It is now possible to choose between Bond and Dyne as one's avatar, which implies choice between two different spaceships, and four different settings power-speed balance for each of the two. Holding the fire button now makes shots more powerful, while also slowing the ships.

The current player's rank, a measure of how well we are playing affecting both score multiplication and the amount of bullets fired by enemies, is now visible, indicated in a bar at the top of the screen. Extra weapons (missiles, napalm, homing missiles, sway missiles, machine gun, and burnar) are now all keepable, and switched by the press of a button (in the former version of the game, Rob and Dyne could use only the last collected one). There is an overall increase in firepower, both ours and the enemies', particularly in regards with the Guardians.

Some of the background music tracks are different.


Ibara Kuro: Black Label Arcade Dyne's ship Type B
Ibara Kuro: Black Label Arcade Shasta, the astounding Fourth Guardian
Ibara Kuro: Black Label Arcade roses: taking them mwe earn points, but lower our rank, and thus multiplier factor
Ibara Kuro: Black Label Arcade Teresa Rose, and her mega-mech Terssa Rose

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The score system of the game adds one point for each, and only for each, continue utilised. Therefore, scores achieved without using any continue can be unmistakably recognized.

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  • Ibara Kuro: Black Label (official website)
  • World of Arcades (Ibara section of a fan sit on shoot'em'ups by Raizing and Cave. Provides detailed specs of the arcade system, as well as the plot, in English, pictures of the arcade printed circuit board, promotional brochures, instruction sheets, and more.)
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