©1991 Sigma Enterprises, Inc.
Release: 1991-05-17 (¥6200)
Fuzzical Fighter is a side scrolling shooter with mild RPG
elements by Sigma. The magical planet of Funny is in
danger - the Dimensional Stone, an ancient and mysterious
artifact that maintains the balance of the world, has been stolen.
In a last ditch effort, the king decides to send his best pilot to
thwart the attack. Mark, the brilliant pilot of the
Fuzzical Fighter, accepts the challenge and is eager to
recover the stolen property.
However, Fuzzical Fighter is not your typical side-scrolling
shooter. The game is broken into two main phases that can be roughly
described as a 'building phase' (where the player customizes the
ship) and an 'attack phase' (which features traditional
side-scrolling shooting action). Mark starts his adventure
in a small town where he can purchase all kind of new engine parts,
shield components and weapons (called 'Shots') for the ship,
as well as sell old gears. Special items are also available and come
in different shapes and forms (such as health,
extra maximum health, extra magic and so forth). But
towns have a lot more to offer and each kingdom has its own king and
simple subplot (but they don't really affect the action phases).
Mark can meet the king and gather information about his mission,
talk to his adviser to attain the current level's password or stay at
the Inn to fully restore his health. Once the player is ready
for action, he can visit the Inn to enter the next action phase (or
buy his way to any level in the game). Action phases are fairly
straight forward with countless waves of enemy ships and vile bosses
to do battle with for money. Interestingly, the player can access a
menu screen and change the ship's configuration at anytime, like the
ability to switch weapons, use items or activate the ships's
autopilot. The FAPS, as it is called, is an option to
place the ship in autopilot mode (called 'Fuzzy' mode) and
let it fly by itself (it comes with two pre-defined commands called
Attack and Defense). Finally, the ship can also use
magic spells - although powerful, they consume the player's
Magic Powers and must be used with great care.
Fuzzical Fighter consists of eight levels and uses a
simple four digit password system to save the player's progress.
Fuzzical Fighter was fan translated in English and a patch was
released in January 2000 by WakdHacks.
Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :
Sigma Enterprises Inc.
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How to play:
Fuzzical Fighter can be confusing at first. Here is some
information to ease you into it if you're having trouble. Each town
features three kind of stores that you can visit at will:
There, you can purchase (かいにきた) or sell (うりにきた) parts. Parts come in three
categories - Weapons (ｼｮｯﾄ), Engines (ｴﾝｼﾝ) and Shields (ｼｰﾙﾄﾞ).
Item stores sell equipment. However, most of them can only use during action phases.
There you can also increase your maximum health, magic or autopilot level.
Inns are rather interesting. There, you can rest and recover
health and magic (はいふくとﾜｰﾌﾟ and かいふく), revisit an action level (はいふくとﾜｰﾌﾟ)
or enter the next action stage (たたかいにゆく).
In a nutshell, you receive 200G at the start of the game, as well as a Wing Pow
that can warp you back to the nearest town in case of emergency. Explore the
town to purchase equipment and parts for the ship. When ready, enter the Inn
and select たたかいにゆく to start the next action stage.
The password system doesn't actually save your progress... Let me explain.
The game doesn't save your money or ship upgrades. Instead, you receive a
pre-defined sum of money and your life is upgraded automatically to a certain level.
Stage 1 ( Funny Land )
Stage 2 ( Rock Land ) 8009
Stage 3 ( Cosmo Land ) 0720
Stage 4 ( BLock Land ) 9025
Stage 5 ( Crystal Land ) 0127
Stage 6 ( Artist Land ) 7013
Stage 7 ( Electric Land ) 0926
Stage 8 ( Funny Land ) 3280
Hyper Debuggers Mode:
At the title screen, pick the second player's controller and hold A and
B. Then press and hold A and Select on the first
player's controller. The debug screen should appear.
There you can play any music tracks or sound effects from the game, or select a level.
You can also access all the game's graphics by pressing Select, or
even start a two-player speed trail mini-game (where each player has to press the A
button faster than their friend).
Here is the list of weapons, engines, shields, items and spells available in the game.
As a side note, the last town is a reiteration of the first town (Fuzzy Land),
so all the items sold there are the same as level 1, so make sure you equip your ship
with the best equipment by the end of level seven !
The following list includes the original Japanese names (in kana), an
English translation (borrowed from the fan translated version for consistency)
and cost/misc information about each part or item.
ふつうのいし (Default) - single shot (150G)
ぜんごのいし (Reverse) - forward and backward shots (250G)
あうぎのいし (Burst) - three bullets in an arc (300G)
3WAYﾋﾞｰﾑ (3 Way beam) - three large bullets in an arc (350G)
きわるてつだま (Spinner) - spike balls (400G)
ノーマルレーザー (Laser) - laser beam (500G)
いきあいのいし (Spreader) - energy balls in an arc (700G)
びろがるてつだき (POW Ball) - energy balls spread and regroup (900G)
てつのブーメラン (Boomerang) - shots forward and then move backwards (950G)
ウエーブビーム (Wave Beam) - Energy balls in a wave (1000G)
ｻｰﾁﾋﾞｰﾑ (Search Beam) - homing energy balls (1100G)
さいきょうのいし (Ultra) - six way shots (1200G)
てつのやまぴこ (Echo Shot) - bouncing bullets (1350G)
ﾊﾞｯｸﾚｰｻﾞｰ (Reverse Laser) - laser beams forward and backward (1500G)
ﾜｲﾌﾟﾚｰｾﾞｰ (WV Laser) - Wave beams (1800G)
ﾄﾘﾌﾟﾘﾚｰｻﾞｰ (TriLaser) - three way lasers (2000G)
ｸﾗｯｼｭﾋｰﾑ (Crash Beam) - Never managed to buy that one... too pricey...(24272G)
ﾉｰﾏﾙｴﾝｼﾝ (Normal) - default speed (150G)
ｼｭｯﾄｴﾝｼﾝ (Jet) - increase speed (300G)
ｱﾄﾐｯｸｴﾝｼﾝ (Atomic) - increase speed (1000G)
ｸｵｰｸｴﾝｼﾝ (Quark) - increase speed (2000G)
いしのｼｰﾙﾄﾞ (Stne) - default (150G)
てつのｼｰﾙﾄﾞ (Stl Shd) - increase protection (300G)
ちたんのｼｰﾙﾄﾞ (Titanium) - increase protection (600G)
ぎんのｼｰﾙﾄﾞ (Silv Shd) - increase protection (1200G)
ひすいのｼｰﾙﾄﾞ (Jade Shd) - increase protection (3000G)
ひかりのｼｰﾙﾄﾞ (Lght Shd) - increase protection (6000G)
エネパック (Ene Pack) (200G)- recover +8 HP (only during action phases)
ﾋﾞｯｸﾞﾊﾟｯｸ (Big Pack) (350G) - recover lot of HP
ﾊﾟﾜｰｵｲﾝｸﾞ (Pow Wing) (100G) - Warp you back to the nearest town (only during action phases)
ｱﾄﾞﾊﾟﾜｰ (Power Up) (300G+) - Increase maximum HP (+16).
ｱﾄﾞﾏｼﾞｯｸ (Magic Up) (100G+)- Increase maximum MP (+16).
ｱﾄﾞﾌｧｼﾞｰ (Fuzzy Up) (100G+) - Increase maximum FP (autopilot).
ｽﾄｰﾏｰ (Stormer) - kill all enemies on screen (8MP)
ｽｷｭｰﾑ (Pow Wing) - warp back to the nearest town (16MP)
ﾘｹｰﾝ (Heal I) - recover +16 HP (32MP)
ﾘｹﾝﾄ (Heal II) - recover +40 HP (64MP)
ﾘｹﾝﾀﾙ (Heal III) - recover all HP (128MP)
ﾉｰﾃｽﾝ (Invincibility) - become invincible for a short amount of time (208MP)
Add your Pov here !
Just when you think you've seen everything, something like
Fuzzical Fighter comes along and rocks your world.
Fuzzical Fighter is a strange and harmonious mix of
RPG and shooting action. Well, the RPG elements are fairly
mild and only act as short intermissions between levels,
really. No exploration, no experience points and no random
battles - they are just there to boost up your ship, buy
equipment or save your progress. However a basic knowledge
of Japanese is required but it won't take you more that
ten minutes to figure out the menus (I have added some
information in the secret section on this page, or you can
hunt down the excellent English patch for the game). Anyway,
is the game any good ? Well, Fuzzical Fighter is
definitively a game that grows on you. I wasn't really
impressed at first - the graphics are fairly average,
controls are overall correct and the action lacks substance...
but things curiously get better as the game progresses and
some levels really deliver the goods, with large bosses and
vicious obstacles and enemies. The game constantly nudges for
attention and you always want to see what's around the next
corner... All in all, Fuzzical Fighter is a really
unique and fun game that I highly recommend!