Game Tengoku

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Game Tengoku
Basic Information
Video Game
Shoot 'em up
8-way joystick, 3 buttons
Arcade and Saturn
Retail Features
Main Credits
Masahiro Arai
Japan Japanese Release Date(s)
Arcade machines
November 1995
June 61997
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Help | Localization | Manifest | Modding | Patches
Ratings | Reviews | Screenshots | Soundtrack
Videos | Walkthrough

Game Tengoku (ゲーム天国 Gēmu Tengoku?) also known as The Game Paradise!, is an arcade game released by Jaleco. The game is a parody of arcade shooters in a vein similar to the Parodius series. It was followed up with a sequel, Gun Bare! Game Tengoku 2.

An updated port of the Sega Saturn version for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, titled Game Tengoku CruisnMix, was released on November 29, 2017. Although it received a worldwide release, the developers are still working on an English translation for it, with blog updates happening occasionally. The official English localization was released on November 29, 2018.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Game Tengoku stands out quite notably from other arcade shooters in that its sole plot revolves around being inside several arcade games; effectively breaking the fourth wall several times. According to the official OVA surrounding the video game, the plot revolves around an employee at an arcade store about to close shop, only for a half-naked man to come in and attempt to abduct her. She is saved by a little girl (of Momoko 120% fame) whom jumps out of one of the arcade cabinets and takes her into the arcade world. From there, the adventure begins of trying to stop the evil villain from taking over all of the arcade cabinets in the world.

Saturn Version[edit | edit source]

The SEGA Saturn port of Game Tengoku has notable changes from the arcade original. These changes include:

  • New Arrange Mode. In this mode, there are two extra levels, three extra bosses, a storyline that is complete with 32-bit sprite cut-scenes that are fully voiced and a new playable character to select. The Saturn version also features a co-op 2 Player mode.
  • Revamped soundtrack that replaces the original, although there is no option to revert to the arcade tracks; even in Arcade Mode.
  • Horizontal Mode that acts as a simulation to the original Arcade Mode view on Game Tengoku cabinets. If the television can not be propped to its side to play the new view, then the directional controls can be altered as an alternative.
  • History of the games that the playable characters appear from.

In a limited edition bundle, a VHS Tape is included that contains a sixteen-minute OVA, as well as a forty-one-minute interview of the voice cast.