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The evil Dogurava, commander of an alien army known as the Gidans, is attacking the planet Borogo. The army uses five giant asteroids as fortresses for the invasion. After surviving an attack on an orbiting cargo barge, a lone pilot takes the only remaining fighter craft and embarks on a suicide mission: draw the Gidans' fire to himself, while attempting to bypass their fighters on the way to the fortresses.

Originating in the arcades, Truxton is a vertically scrolling shooter. The player controls a fighter craft that has to eliminate the enemies with primary weapons or bombs. The basic weapon comes in three varieties: Power Shot (small spreading projectiles), Sun Laser (a powerful, fast-moving straight laser beam, and Truxton Beam (an electric beam that spreads in all directions if the player is holding down the fire button).

Each one of these weapons can be upgraded to a more powerful variant by collecting power-ups (up to four power levels). Beside increased attack power, the weapons also may gain additional properties when powering up (e.g. the Power Shot creates a shield around the player-controlled aircraft). Other power-up effects include increasing the ship's maneuvering speed up to four times, increasing the number of bombs, and gaining additional lives.


Truxton Genesis Japanese title screen
Truxton Arcade Defence artillery
Truxton Arcade Game starts
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Alternate Titles

  • "Tatsujin" -- Japanese title
  • "タツジン" -- Japanese spelling

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Hobby Consolas Genesis Oct, 1991 94 out of 100 94
The Video Game Critic Genesis Dec 29, 2001 A- 91
Raze Genesis Jan, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Mean Machines Genesis Oct, 1990 82 out of 100 82
PC Engine Gamer TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 2012 804 out of 1000 80 Genesis Jan 02, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Genesis Mar, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Tilt Genesis Sep, 1990 14 out of 20 70
Video Game Den TurboGrafx-16 Jun 13, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jan, 1990 7 out of 12 58


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