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Gan Gan Ganchan [Action Game]

Gan Gan Ganchan by Magifact

Japanese Game Box Front

Hello all!

Here's Ganchan, Our Merry Hero.

-General Information-
Version: Japanese
Year: 1995
Publisher: Magifact
Developer(s) and Others: Magifact
# of Players: 1 or 2
# of Saves: None (Utilizes Password Feature)
Estimated Market Value as of 07/10/2007: $12 - $26 (U.S. Dollars, USD)
Other Info: None

Magifact...your green worm of a logo is hardly ever seen, but I will ensure that it is not completely forgotten. This is one of few games I probably overpaid for, but when I see a game as colorful and quirky as Gan Gan Ganchan, it's totally worth it for me. While the plot is almost nonexistant, that hardly matters when it comes to games like this.

The game dubs itself a "Super Comical Action Game" and has very colorful graphics and some cool special effects. The graphics are simple and get the job done. Good job Magifact! The game has a partial overhead view giving the game a slightly more dynamic feel. The backgrounds could have been a little better, and the stages are a bit compact but it works in the long haul. The game also has some good audio. I'm totally addicted to the game's title screen music. What is it about certain games taking the extra effort to make awesome title screen BGMs? What the game has in terms of graphics and sound is good, especially coming from an underdog company like Magifact (who also helped with other Super Famicom games like Bishin Densetsu Zoku).

The gameplay is very rudimentary. You must take different color jellies to an exit gate as well as collect keys. You collect a key whenever you take four of the same color jelly to the gate. It doesn't have to be four at one time. Instead of taking four red ones to the gate, you can take two with you, go grab yellow and blue ones, then take two more red ones to the gate. Depending on the order you take the jellies to the exit, you can utilize different powers, such as stopping time, getting a bubble shield, to even ridding all of the enemies on a level! You must travel through different levels clearing dirty foes and evading things like sharks, ninja heads, and more. Ganchan also has the power to shoot the jellies to blow enemies away (Gan Gan Shoot), dash (Gan Gan Dash), and guard (Gan Gan Guard) himself by turning into what appears to be steel! Finally, clear enough levels and you get to go to a bonus level in outer space!

Some of the problems with the game...where to begin? Well, for starters, it can be quite tricky to get the awesome abilities from taking jellies to the gate due to how cramped the stages are. The final ability to rid yourself of all the enemies requires that you get two red, two yellow, two green, and two that order. The game also has a two player mode. It doesn't do anything revolutionary (Actually, it only has four stages). Still, things can get frantic in the 2 player mode and you don't need to clear the level of all enemies. It just looks and feels really cool. Use quick thinking, a jelly shooting trigger finger, and a body of steel to it is Ganchan and that girl are trying to accomplish.

- Written by Vyse the determined -

Game Screenshots

Whatchu been up to Magifact? Title Screen...and what's with the girl? An easy to comprehend game tutorial. Sharks love Ganchan...eating him that is! Uh huh...Ninpo...the ninjas have special tricks and it. Time is on my side today!

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