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Cyber-core is a vertically scrolling shooter in which the player fights insects. The basic idea is traditional: shooting everything before they can shoot/touch the player: after three hits the chitin armor breaks and a life is lost. Besides flying enemies which are disposed of with the standard gun, the player also has to deal with enemies on the ground which need to be hit with one of the unlimited bomb.

The player has the choice between four insect forms which are changed by collecting the associated extra symbols. Collecting more of the same symbol upgrades the insect, but this also rises the difficulty level. Other extras include smart bombs, extra lives, armor refreshments or a protection shield. The game features the possibility to turn on rapid fire or to slow down the speed as well as big boss enemies at the end and within the levels.


Cyber-core TurboGrafx-16 Intro
Cyber-core TurboGrafx-16 Next wave of enemies
Cyber-core TurboGrafx-16 Title screen
Cyber-core TurboGrafx-16 The first boss

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Alternate Titles

  • "サイバーコア" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1990 10 out of 12 83
Power Play May, 1990 79 out of 100 79
1UP! Dec 15, 2019 74 out of 100 74
The Game Hoard May 22, 2020 5 out of 7 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1990 28 out of 40 70
Video Game Den Mar 02, 2013 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Jun 26, 2005 C+ 58


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Patrick Bregger (260649) added Cyber-core (TurboGrafx-16) on Jan 05, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (256829)