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Ozma Wars
Ozmawars
Title screen
Developer(s)Shin Nihon Kikaku
Publisher(s)Shin Nihon Kikaku
Release dateDecember, 1979
GenreFixed shooters
Game modesUp to two players, alternating
Platform(s)Arcade, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Network

Ozma Wars is a 1979 fixed shooter arcade game, the first video game ever developed by SNK. At the time of its creation the company was still known as "Shin Nihon Kikaku". The game is also known as the second ever vertical shoot 'em up game and as the first game with disparate "levels".

The player controls a space ship to fend off UFO's, meteors, and comets. Instead of lives, the player is given an energy reserve that is constantly decrementing; getting hit by the enemy causes gameplay to stop momentarily while a large amount of energy is depleted. Every so often, a mothership will appear and dock with the player's spacecraft, causing the energy to be refilled. There are 3-4 recognizable "stages" as the game progresses and new enemies begin to appear. After these, the re-filling ship will appear, and the cycle will start over; this occurs indefinitely.

There are two known bootleg versions of this game called Space Phantoms and Solar Flight. In Space Phantoms the player's ship looks like an angel, and the enemies appear as different types of insects. Due to the game being monochrome and a conversion kit for Space Invaders, many Ozma Wars monitors still utilized the Space Invaders color overlay.

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