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Box artwork for Exzisus.
Japanese title エクスザイサス
Developer(s) Taito Corporation
Publisher(s) Taito Corporation
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Horizontal scrolling shooter
System(s) Arcade
Players 1-2
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
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Exzisus (エクスザイサス, lit. Ekusuzaisasu), is a horizontal scrolling shooter arcade game, that was released by Taito Corporation in 1987, only in Japan; it utilizes four Zilog Z80s (three at 6 MHz and one at 4 MHz) with a Yamaha YM-2151 running at 4 MHz for audio. The player must use an 8-way joystick, to take control of a space astronaut (who is the eponymous "Exzisus"), with two buttons to make him fire shots at (and, drop missiles on) enemies, and launch his bird- and dog-like robots at them - and there are also several different powerups that he can collect to aid him in his mission: L (Laser Light Blaster), D (Disruption or Destruction depending upon the palette), M (Missile), F (Full Automatic), A (Aerodynamic Power), O (Option), and, in some versions of the title, B (Barrier). The fifth of these will also transform Exzisus into a Darius-like turbo jet when collected and provide him with protection from death (for one hit); when hit, he shall return back to his regular humanoid form.

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