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Box artwork for Blazer.
Year released1987
Japanese titleブレイザー
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
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For the unrelated Commodore 64 game, see Blazer (Commodore 64).

Blazer (ブレイザー, lit. Bureizā), is an isometric shooter arcade game, that was released by Namco in 1987 only in Japan. It runs on Namco System 1 hardware, was the first 16-bit game to use a 3/4-view perspective, and was also the first game from Namco to feature a "legal notice" on startup saying that the game was for use in Japan only. With the exceptions of Beraboh Man, Bakutotsu Kijūtei and Four Trax, every Japan-exclusive game Namco has released since has featured a similar notice on startup - and even if some were later released in the US, it still appears on startup on the Japanese versions.

The player alternates between a tank named "Vanguard" and a helicopter named "Maiheriko" (and for the final mission, a boat named "Maiboto"), to kill enemies both on land and in the air. Some airbased enemies will leave behind powerups for Vanguard to collect, when hit by its anti-aircraft missiles; they can restore its fuel, increase its fuel capacity, make it invulnerable for a short period of time, and even grant it an extra life if it manages to collect enough of them (initially thirteen, but can go up to sixteen).

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