title = Buster Bros
caption = Screenshot of Buster Bros.
developer = Mitchell
release = 1989
input = 4-way joystick, 1 Button
cabinet = Upright
arcade system =
display = Raster, standard resolution
platforms = Arcade,
TurboGrafx-CD, SNES, Playstation 1, Game Boy
Buster Bros, also called nihongo|Pang|パン|Pan, is a cooperative two player arcade
video gamereleased in 1989by Capcom. The Buster brothers must finish a round-the-world quest to destroy bouncing balloonsthat are terrorizing the several of Earth’s landmarksand cities. The fight to save the Earthbegins on Mt. Fuji, Japanwhere the brothers must pass all three stages before moving on to the next location.
The "Pang" version (also known as "Pang!", and "Pomping World" in
Japan) was designed by Mitchell Corporationand released in 1989. Subsequent conversions for home systems were produced by Ocean Softwarein 1990 for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Commodore Amigaand Atari ST. It is the same as "Buster Bros" except for the opening title.
The basic gameplay in "Buster Bros/Pang" is identical to a much earlier 1983
MSXcomputer game called "Cannon Ball" (also released in 1983 on the ZX Spectrum as "Bubble Buster"). "Cannon Ball" was made by Japanese publishers Hudson Soft, and possibly inspired fellow Japanese publishers Capcom to make "Buster Bros" six years later.
There are 50 stages at 17 locations:
Mt. Fuji, Mt. Keirin, the Emerald Temple, Angkor Wat, Australia, the Taj Mahal, Leningrad, Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens, Egypt, Kenya, New York, Maya ruins, Antarctica, and ending on Easter Island.
Each location has a unique
backgroundthat shows the area’s most famous landmarks. The stages contain a different layout of blocks, some that disappear after being shot, others that do not, and still others that are hidden and can reveal bonuses.
The stages start with differing numbers and sizes of balloons. The balloon divides for the first three times it is popped; after the fourth and smallest balloon is popped it vanishes. Each player starts with a single
harpoon. When a balloon is popped, special weapons may drop down. The other weapons include:-
twin harpoonthat will allow two shots at once.
grappling hookthat will stay attached to the ceiling or block for a short period of time.
hi-caliber gunthat works much like a machine gunallowing rapid shots.There is no ammunitionlimit to any weapon. The names of the weapons differ from the monitor bezel(given above) and the game’s attract mode. Other bonuses include:-
*A force field
hourglassthat slows the balls down
clockwhich stops the balls for a short time
Dynamitethat will pop all of the balloons down to their smallest size simultaneously.At a certain point in the stage, a food item will drop down that is worth several thousand bonus points.
If a player touches a balloon of any size, the player dies and both players must start the stage again.
When both players touch a balloon at the same time, only Player 1 will lose a life but this is somewhat offset because when both players reach a bonus or weapon simultaneously only Player 1 will get it.
Players start with 3-5 lives depending on the
dip switchsetting. Extra lives are also given when certain point totals have been accumulated. The stage ends when all of the balloons are successfully cleared. The game ends after all stages have been completed and our heroic duo rides their jeepinto the sunseton an Easter Island beach.
In some later versions, there are more than 17 locations.
The original, and the conversions, were all critically acclaimed, although minor complaints were made about the
ZX Spectrum's multi-loadsystem. The Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC+/GX4000 conversion was available on cartridge only.
The ZX Spectrum version was awarded 94% in the February
1991issue of Your Sinclair[ [http://www.ysrnry.co.uk/articles/pang.htm Pang ] ] and was placed at number 74 in the Your Sinclair official top 100. Amiga Powerwere even more enthusiastic, listing it as the 11th best game ever in their initial Top 100 list, published with Amiga Formatin April 1991 as a preview of the magazine.
This game has several sequels:-
Super Buster Bros(aka Super Pang 1990)
Buster Buddies(aka Pang 3 1995)
Mighty! Pang( 2000).
Buster Bros. Collection(collection).
* [http://www.losersjuegos.com.ar/juegos/ceferino/ceferino.php Don Ceferino Hazaña (crossplataform free software remake)]
* [http://www.pixjuegos.com/?q=node/21 PiX Pang (another crossplataform free software remake)]
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