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レジェンド オブ ヒーロー トンマ
©1991 IREM Corp.
Release : 1991-03-13 (¥7000)
HuCard (4 Mbits) IC03005
Action / Platform game

American Version
Released in America as
( TGX040083 )
Legend of Hero Tonma is a side-scrolling platform game and conversion of Irem's arcade game originally released in 1989. The kingdom's princess has been kidnapped by an evil goblin monster and he is now keeping her captive in his terrifying castle. Tommy, a cute caped boy, embarks on a treacherous journey to save her. But Tommy is not just a typical boy and he is fact the apprentice of a powerful magician - his magic cape allows him to hover for short distances and his magic gloves can fire small, yet powerful, fireballs. Magic orbs scattered throughout the game can upgrade Tommy in all kind of ways - better fireballs, rotating shields, bombs or homing-fire. And yet, Tommy has a final trick up his sleeves - he can jump on an enemy's head in order to freeze him for a short amount of time, allowing him to escape from even the deadliest situations. Various special items appear later in the game, such as scrolls (reveal hidden passageways) and magic books (kill all enemies on screen). The game consists of seven large stages and is single player only.
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Legend Of Hero Tonma - Arcade Game The original arcade game was released by Irem in 1989 (picture on the right) and apparently used the same hardware that powered the classic R*Type. The game was curiously only ported to the PC Engine system (version tested here) and the American Turbografx-16 version, being one of the last games to be released for the system in the US, is extremely rare. A conversion for the Famicom system was announced but later cancelled (please read the section below for more information). The PC Engine port is incredibly faithful to the arcade game, despite being more colorful with a slightly re-designed hero character.

Legend Of Hero Tonma - Famicom Legend of Hero Tonma was announced many times for the Famicom system but was ultimately cancelled. The game appeared in many Japanese video game magazines at the time (pictures on the left and below), and short commercials from the early 1990s even show actual gameplay. The game was apparently pretty far along and nearly finished, but the reasons surrounding its cancellation are unknown. But something is sure, a prototype most certainly exists.

Legend Of Hero Tonma - Famicom

Click on the links below to see more images from various Japanese Video Game magazines

Legend of Hero Tonma - advert Legend of Hero Tonma - advert
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Teaser text from the American version:
In the days when we could still travel between the human world and the world of magic, there lived Tonma, an apprentice of the wizerd Merlin. One day when meditating, Tonma heard the voice of a princess crying our for help. He asked Merlin what this might mean and Merlin told him: "Tonma. You were born a Royal prince in another country, and that princess is destined to be your bride." Tonma resolved to rescue the princess, and he set off on a journey to the world of magic...
Additional information:
By collecting power-up items you can use two types of weapons at the same time. And there are lots of other hidden items! In two-player mode, two of you can take turns to play. You can have music, too.


Legend of Hero Tonma - manual Legend of Hero Tonma - artwork
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Add your Pov here !

As a young kid, I clearly remember playing Legend of Hero Tonma in the arcades and wasting most of my (very limited) pocket money trying to kill that deadly skeleton boss et the end of the first stage. This is why Tonma is one of the first games I had to find for the system, and this PC Engine version is amazingly close to the original game. Irem made the excellent decision to use the console's high-resolution which gives the game an incredible flair, with crisp and detailed graphics and a very large playing area on screen. I may be a little biased (well, that kid is still in me), but it hardly needs to be pointed out how distinctive and unique the art direction in Tonma is. And this port is magnificent, incredibly polished with perfect controls, fun enemies and levels, and a catchy and awesome soundtrack. The only problem with Tonma is its incredibly brutal difficulty level and painful checkpoints, and you lose all your weapons once you die making later stages virtual impossible to beat. But, all in all, this conversion is a must have for any PC Engine owner, especially as the game was never ported to any other console systems as far as I know.

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