Using RetroCopy on Windows or Linux you can play TransBot for Sega Master System (SMS) exactly like you remember on your computer!
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Most people who owned this game probably did because it was the cheapest game in the store. I remember getting it as a gift from relatives in Scotland, and was very excited that I had a Sega-game that came from another country! Of course I didn't know it was a port of an arcade-game, and that it was actually quite a few years old when I got it in the early 90s.
Although it is in no way a fantastic game, it still feels and plays like one of those classic Sega Master-System games from the 80s that I like so much. There is something special and unique about those games made in Japan in the 80s that I feel European developers didn't quite manage to emulate with their 90s Master System-games. I think it's a combination of graphics and music, which are both stunning in this game. You see the title screen and hear this strange drum rythm, that I later have found to be very similar to King Crimson's "The Devil's Triangle" from 1970. Just listen! It's the exact same rythm! And then we have the "fanfare" when you start, and then the "overworld" music. All great!
Speaking about the "overworld" and "underworld". The only demo the game plays is actually from the "underworld", so I knew there had to be a different level than the one we play in when the game starts. I must have tried everything to get there, before I found out what I was supposed to do. The normal thing to do in order to finish a level is of course just to play until you reach the end, which isn't the case here. But how is a kid supposed to know this? And how is he supposed to know you have to shoot those star-looking enemies using the D-weapon? I've said it before and I'll say it again - those Japanese are crazy! But I guess it wasn't exactly impossible to figure out as I managed to do it, but then again, I like to think I was a pretty smart kid :)
And speaking about not reaching the end - once you finish the "underworld" and beat the boss (which looks pretty cool, by the way), you start again in level 1, although some of the enemies have changed. And so it goes on and on, forever. I think I reached level 16 or 17 once as a kid, just hoping the game would end, but of course it didn't. The game never ends, and you might wonder what is really happening in the "story". Where are we? Some strange alien planet in the future? Why are we forced to play the same levels over and over again? Are we trapped in some sort of time loop? Perhaps it's best not to put too much thought into this and just play the game instead. And it isn't such a bad game if you give it a chance. But perhaps you need to have grown up with it to appreciate it fully...
This game was released on card and cartridge formats. Like a few old games it features repeating levels that never end, the goal being to get a high score.
TransBot Cheats, Hints, Tips and Walkthroughs
Hold BUTTON2 while powering on the system and while the title screen is playing. A screen with the text "SECRET COMMAND" and the numbers one through four appears. Setting 1 to ON gives you 10 lives, setting 2 to ON gives you infinite weapons, setting 3 to ON gives you infinite life, setting 4 to ON slows down weapon select cycling. To exit the SECRET COMMAND-screen, press BUTTON1 on controller two.
In order to move underground you need to shoot the Hiluns (look like blue diamonds), using the D-weapon.
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Thwart an underground invasion with your transforming weaponry. The ground is scarred by craters, a reminder of the recent Dalaus invasion. And continuous acid rains give the sky an eerie irridescence. You are the only Transbot pilot left from the now defunct regime. So you must battle wave after wave of orbiting debris. To try to get to the notorious Dalaus artificial intelligence computer. Fortunately, your astro-plane can go through 6 different transformations. Turn into a robot warrior and more. By the time you transform, you should be able to penetrate the fortress of Dalaus. And rid the galaxy of her evil influence forever!
Ward off a computerized underworld invasion with your transforming weaponry.
Les robots attaquent et sement la terreur. Ils veulent prendre le pouvoir mais grace a vous et a votre vaisseau missile, tout redeviendra comme avant...
Tu estavas num abrigo subterrâneo quando a guerra nuclear começou, no ano solar de 2XXX, e por isso sobreviveste! Agora, tu e os outros sobreviventes sonham em reconstruir a Terra, mas o pesadelo ainda não acabou... Um terrível monstro, produto da antiga sociedade tecnológica, está a criar um império com uma ambição: dominar o planeta! Este ditador é, nada mais, nada menos, que um computador com inteligência artificial chamada Daluas. Mas nem tudo está perdido. Acabou de ser desenvolvida a CA-214, uma arma muito poderosa e o único meio de enfrentar Daluas. Porém, só há uma pessoa capaz de a usar: Tu! O que esperas? A terra precisa de ser salva, custe o que custar!