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©1988 1989 Namco Ltd.
Release : 1989-09-08 (¥6800)
HuCard (4 Mbits) NC89004
Shooter / Horizontal

American Version
Released in America as
( TGX040022 )
Ordyne is a colorful and cute horizontal shooter and conversion of Namco's arcade game of the same name originally released in 1988. Two courageous fellows, a young and brilliant scientist and his Chinese assistant, embark on a mission on-board their flying ships to save the world. Actually, their goal is to save Dr. Tomari's lovely girlfriend (and fiancée) Kana kidnapped by the evil Kubota professor. Each ship is equipped with laser beams and bombs and can be upgraded by collecting floating crystals dropped by defeated enemies. However, these do not directly upgrade their weaponry, but are instead used as currency in order to purchase new weapons in floating shops scattered around each stage. And now comes the catch - only one weapon-item can be purchased and used at the same time and they range from three-ways fire, vulcan-gun, homing missiles, stock bombers, fire bombs or other special items like speed-ups. Other special locations, like Dream Co. gambling pods, get the player to gamble crystals in an attempt to win extra equipment or more cash. Ordyne consists of seven stages and features a two-simultaneous player mode.
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The original arcade game was released by Namco in 1988. Back then, It probably easily stood out of the crowd, thanks to its colourful shaded and vivid backgrounds and huge rotating/deforming sprites and sceneries (top right picture). The game was only converted to the PC Engine system as far as I know. The conversion is of course lacking all of the amazing sprite deformation effects and the breathtaking rotating backgrounds were replaced with traditional moving sprites. Some original elements, such as the interesting (and unusual) human/butterfly shapes from the second stage were sadly omitted.

As a side note, the Chinese assistant was changed from the American Turbografx-16 game cover and replaced by a blond kid (bottom left picture). But game's graphics were unchanged and the Chinese assistant can still be seen riding the second's player ship. Anyway, players will have to wait 1997 to play the original game again, and Ordyne was one of the selectable game in Namco Museum Vol.4 for the Sony Playstation.
Arcade version

PC Engine : Japanese & American covers

Teaser text from the American version:
You must find and rescue the kidnaped Miss Kana. The safety of the universe is at stake ! Around her neck is the key to the colossal nuclear reactor, Ordyne. Take on the air ! Fire lasers ! Bomb the evil Kubata's stronghold. Power up at the Space Inn, Then finally face and defeat the totally awesome Kubata himself. Team up with a friend to save the universe. Or do it yourself, hero.


Ordyne manual Ordyne Turbografx-16 manual
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Debug Mode:
Ordyne - Secret Debug Mode At the title screen, hold Run and press Select six times (this will reset the game six times). Then hold I, II, Up and Left. Then press Run. This will activate a special debug screen where you can select a sound test, starting stage, number of lives and so forth (picture on the right). Hold Select and press Run to select options in the Debug mode.

Ordyne - Princess Mode Play as the Pricess:
There is a special password so you can play as the princess!! At the tiles screen, hold I for about ten seconds and a special name will appear next to the title screen! Now you can play the whole game as the princess! (picture on the right)

Add your Pov here !

Ordyne is a funny and really cool game and I especially like the game's overall design. It's undeniably different than anything else done at the time. Graphics are not as detailed and colorful as the arcade but let's not be surprised there, the original arcade game's palette was fairly impressive, with incredible shades of colors! All of the amazing sprite deformations are also missing here and replaced by more traditional and simple sprite effects. The game is nevertheless very good, addictive and really fun to play. The two simultaneous player mode is also a great feature and certainly adds a lot to the overall experience. My only complaint would go for the shops and the fact that purchased weapons can only be used once. But all in all, Ordyne is an excellent game and this port is the only home conversion I know of (if we do not count the Sony's Playstation port which is, I think, the original emulated Rom). An amazing port of a really special game!

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