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Ultraman: Kaijū Teikoku no Gyakushū
Box artwork for Ultraman: Kaijū Teikoku no Gyakushū.
Japanese title ウルトラマン 怪獣帝国の逆襲
Developer(s) Bandai
Publisher(s) Bandai
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Platform
System(s) Family Computer Disk System
Players 1
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Ultraman: Kaijū Teikoku no Gyakushū, loosely translated as "Ultraman: Counterattack of the Monster Empire" is a side scrolling platformer developed for the Family Computer Disk System and published by Bandai at the start of 1987. This game is the first Famicom game dealing with Ultraman. Ultraman 2 was a sequel developed as a simulation game, and Ultraman Club: Chikyuu Dakkan Sakusen was developed as an RPG utilizing the "chibi" or super-deformed style of artwork for the characters.

The player controls Hayate, a member of the Science Special Search Party, which protects the earth from invasions of large hostile aliens. He must run across each stage, defeating enemies with his ray gun. He must also collect energy orbs to fill a meter on the screen. When it is full, he can transform himself into the powerful Ultraman. Energy balls can appear under a variety of circumstance, such as beating an enemy or shooting points in space. Just like in the show, you can only be Ultraman for 3 minutes, and you can chop or kick the boss monsters. When only one minute remains, Ultraman will gain access to two secret powers, the Specium Ray, and the Cutting Halo. Once the boss monster is defeated, the stage is cleared.

If all 11 stages are cleared and the player continues, the game will change the character to Dan Moroboshi who can transform into Ultra Seven. Although Ultra Seven's capabilities are the same as Ultraman's, the defensive power of the enemies will be higher. There are two versions of this game, one which was distributed on disk, and one which was distributed through disk writing stations (made available on March 26, 1987) and they feature slightly different background music tunes.

Controls[edit]

  • Neutral dpad: Use the direction pad to direct Hayate and Ultraman across each stage. Press left or right to make them run in either direction. While up and down have no use for Hayate, they do perform different functions for Ultraman. Pressing down will cause Ultraman to squat. Pressing up will cause Ultraman to kick in front of him.
  • A button: Press the A button to make Hayate and Ultraman jump. They must be clear of any surroundings in order to jump their full height. Otherwise, they will bump up against the edge of a wall and fall immediately back down.
  • B button: Press the B button to perform an attack. When controlling Hayate, this will make him fire his gun. When controlling Hayate, the attack performed is determined by the highlighted control panel at the top of the screen. By default, it is the unlimied Ultraman Chop attack.
  • Start button: While controlling Hayate, press the Start button after the meter is completely full to transform into Ultraman. Once you are Ultraman, pressing the Start button will cycle through the available Ultraman powers that are displayed at the top of the screen.
  • Select button: Press the Select button to pause the action mid-game.

Characters[edit]

Ultraman Kaijuu Hayate.png
Ultraman Kaijuu Ultraman.png

Throughout the majority of the game, you will be in control of Hayate (pictured to the left). As Hayate, you are fast and nimble, but not very strong. In fact, it will take only one hit from any enemy to kill Hayate, so you must avoid contact with them at all costs. Hayate's only means of offense is his ray gun, which he can fire to the left or right. The ray gun can be upgraded to a more powerful weapon if he fires his weapon in the right locations in certain stages to reveal a hidden gun icon. As Hayate progresses through each stage, he must be sure to collect as many energy orbs as he can find, in order fill up the meter that allows him to transform into Ultraman. Once the meter is full, you can press Start button at any time to transform into Ultraman. Doing so will reset the remaining time to 3 minutes, regardless of how much time was remaining. Ultraman can sustain more than one hit, but each hit will deduct a bar from the meter which Hayate had to fill up. If Ultraman's meter is depleted, he will lose one life and the stage will start over. Ultraman has access to a variety of attacks. Ultraman can kick at any time by pressing up. The attack the Ultraman will use when you press A button is determined by the highlighted power tile at the top of the screen. Ordinarily, Ultraman will only have access to two attacks, and the final two only become available when the remaining time on the timer is down to one minute. See below for an explanation of the attacks.

Powers[edit]

Icon Name Description
Ultraman Kaijuu Ultraman Chop.png Ultraman Chop This is Ultraman's standard chop attack. It is always available, and he can use it as many times as he likes.
Ultraman Kaijuu Specium Barrier.png Specium Barrier This power is available immediately after transforming into Ultraman, and can only be used once per transformation. When activating this power, an energy barrier will appear in front of Ultraman for just a few seconds, crushing any enemy that it comes in contact with, and damaging boss monsters.
Ultraman Kaijuu Specium Ray.png Specium Ray This power is only available when there is one minute of Ultraman time remaining, and can only be used once per transformation. Upon using this power, a Specium Ray will fly forward through the air. It will destroy every basic enemy that it touch, and continue to fly forward until it is off the screen.
Ultraman Kaijuu Cutting Halo.png Cutting Halo This power is only available when there is one minute of Ultraman time remaining, and can only be used once per transformation. This power is very similar to the Specium Ray, except that it flies a little higher off the ground than the Ray.

Stages[edit]

Stage Location Boss Monster
1 Tokyo suburbs Gabora
2 Downtown Tokyo Telesdon, Gomora
3 Pacific Islands Pestar
4 Cave Red King, Geronimon
5 Volcanoes Seabozu, Zambolar
6 Desert Capital Antlar
7 Upper atmosphere Hydra, Dorako
8 Underground Base Fake Ultraman, Alien Zarab
9 Lunar surface Kiyla
10 Giant UFO interior Kiyla, Alien Baltan (2 forms)
11 - Zetton