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Land Sea Air Squad
Box artwork for Land Sea Air Squad.
Japanese title 陸海空最前線 (Riku Kai Kū Saizensen)
Developer(s) Taito Corporation
Publisher(s) Taito Corporation
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Vertical scrolling shooter
System(s) Arcade
Players 1-2
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
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Riku Kai Kū Saizensen (陸海空最前線), released as Land Sea Air Squad for the United States, and also known as Storming Party, is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game that had been released by Taito Corporation in 1986; it utilizes two Zilog Z80s (running at 6 and 4 MHz) with a Motorola M68705 running at 2 MHz, and two Yamaha YM-2203s running at 3 MHz for its audio. The player must use an 8-way joystick to take control of a soldier, with two buttons to make him fire shots and throw grenades at enemies - and he shall occasionally have to pilot helicopters, tanks, and boats in order to reach the next stage. When the soldier is on foot, he shall only move forward when you push the joystick up like in a precursor for the second and fifth stages of Konami's Super Contra; however, when he is piloting a vehicle, he will always be moving forward, but you may direct him anywhere (like in countless other vertical shooters). There are a total of eight unique stages for this game - and once you have cleared them all, they'll repeat from the beginning, at a harder level of difficulty (like several other Taito titles).