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Somewhere out there, there lies an imaginary game world called Rakugaki. Many characters inhabit this strange land, like the hero team of Yukiwo, Sasami, Pitan, and Tsubohachi, and an army of enemies led by the infamous Daddy who wants to see them dead. They are all controlled by Rakugaki's creator, the mysterious God Hand, and follow their predetermined fates. Today, the final battle is beginning - but Rakugaki's characters don't want to go just yet! Can they escape the grasp of God Hand and take back their lives?

Rakugaki Showtime is a fighting game in which the player, a character rendered as a pencil drawing, fights through a series of 3D arenas in order to defeat God Hand and restore happiness to Rakugaki. Enemies are attacked by the throwing of missiles, rocks, grenades, land mines, black holes, or smiley balls. In addition, players have a series of moves that they can also use to attack, and a series of Super Smiley Attacks, which are activated by grabbing Smiley Balls that have been completely charged up with attacks. Each of the characters have various strengths and weaknesses that can either help - or hinder - the player.

The player begins the game with four characters to choose from, but can unlock other characters each time they defeat God Hand. There are a maximum of 16 characters for players to unlock. In addition, a training mode is available, allowing players to practice their moves. Up to four players can also compete in a Versus battle for bragging rights.


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Alternate Titles

  • "ラクガキショータイム" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Anime PlayStation May 23, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Oct 12, 1999 7.4 out of 10 74
Famitsu 1999 26 out of 40 65
Hardcore Gaming 101 2008 Unscored Unscored


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This game was pulled from store shelves shortly after its release. The exact reasons are not clear, but rumor has it that it was due to controversy involving the rights to Mischief Makers main character Marina, who is a playable character in this game.
ryanbus84 (32923) added Rakugaki Showtime (PlayStation) on Apr 18, 2013
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