Darius (World)

Arcade 1986 Taito Corporation Japan Shooter Flying Horizontal
A horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up that was unique at the time for featuring a game screen that was three times wider than the conventional size, with the arcade cabinet utilizing three CRT screens to accommodate it.

In the game, the player flies an ornate fighter craft called a Silver Hawk. The craft is equipped with two attack weapons : Missile (forward-firing standard gun) and Bomb (drops from the bottom of the ship). The Silver Hawk is also equipped with the 'Arm' (armor); a green energy shield that can absorb enemy attacks without harm to the ship.

During the course of the levels the player must navigate the terrain and battle a variety of fighter craft, ground vehicles, turrets, and other obstacles. At the end of every level, players are greeted with the obligatory end-of-level boss. The bosses in Darius are often in the form of mechanical aquatic animals, such as fish or squid. If the player defeats the boss, the tunnel splits into two and the player must decide whether to take the upper or lower tunnel, both of which lead to a different stage. This allows many different paths to be taken through the game.

Power-ups can be obtained by shooting enemies of a certain color, with the power-ups appearing in the form of colored bubbles. Each color corresponds to one of the ship's three weapons :
* Red - Missile
* Green - Bomb
* Blue - Arm

If the player powers up a weapon more than seven times, the weapon changes to a new, more powerful version. This then becomes the player's default weapon, and can be powered up further. There are also two other colors of power-up bubble, white and orange; which can be obtained by shooting at certain sections of the terrain; unfortunately, there are no visual clues as to where these may be on any given level. These hidden power-ups offer the following :
* White - Gives a score bonus.
* Orange - Smart bomb that kills all on-screen enemies.
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  • Orientation Yoko
  • Résolution 255 x 224
  • Fréquence 60 Hz
  • Nombre de joueurs 2
  • Nombre de boutons 2
  • Type de contrôle joy (8 ways)

Screenshots de Darius (World)

Darius (World) - Screen 1
Darius (World) - Screen 2
Darius (World) - Screen 3
Darius (World) - Screen 4
Darius (World) - Screen 5

Vidéos de Darius (World)

Darius - All Clear 37:57

Darius - All Clear

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Darius - All Clear by Smraedis
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* Progression of the bubbles :
Weapons (red) : Bullets --> Lasers --> Wave
Shields (blue) : Green --> Silver --> Gold
Bombs (green) : Single --> Dual --> Quad

* Miscellaneous bubbles :
Points (grey): Points
Extra-ship : Bomb certain key spots on the terrain.

* Power levels : There are eight power levels (0-7) within each armament category. Your weapons, shields, and bombs improve as you go from 0-7 :
Weapons : The shots move faster and therefore recharge more quickly.
Bullets increase in number and waves increase in height, thus destroying more enemies at once. Waves, once fired, will go through anything until leaving the screen to the right.
Shields : They just recharge, but the better classes of shields absorb more hits. Gold shields will also protect your ship from collisions with objects as well as shots, but on certain screens that have lots of little squeezeways, gold shields can actually kill you by ricocheting your ship back and forth until you die.
Bombs : They get 'smarter' in seeking out targets.

* How to complete the game : Completing the game is easiest with triple bullets.
Explore the different paths this way, and when you're ready for a challenge, try to get wave.
Lasers are not weapons so much as a handicap you have to endure while building to wave.

* Recommended paths (easiest) : A-C-E-H-M-R-X

Darius (World) et M.A.M.E.

0.37b11 [David Graves, Jarek Burczynski]

Artwork available

- 0.136u1: Fabio Priuli added driver data struct and save states to Darius.
- 0.131u1: MooglyGuy merged memory maps in Darius.
- 9th July 2008: Mr. Do - Cleaned up the gray part of the Darius bezel.
- 0.106u9: Aaron Giles added "left half" and "right half" to the Darius layouts so you can stretch three screens over two, though you need to explicitly set them either in the UI or using the -view0 and -view1 parameters on the command line.
- 0.106u8: Aaron Giles added triple screen support (3x 288x224) to Darius.
- 0.93u1: Aaron Giles fixed crash in Darius.
- 0.93: Added 18x Volume_Filter.
- 0.88: Adjusted YM2203 and MSM5205 volume in Darius (thanks to Mame32Plus).
- 0.72: Acho A. Tang cleaned up the Darius video hardware emulation.
- 21st April 2002: Gerardo Oporto fixed some dipswitch settings in Darius and Warrior Blade.
- 17th April 2002: Hiromitsu Shioya modified the sound CPU bank changing in the Darius driver.
- 0.37b14: Added user1 proms ($0, 400, 800 - currently unused). Added 'Continue' dipswitch.
- 22nd March 2001: David Graves added state saving support to the Darius drivers, but it still needs some work.
- 3rd March 2001: David Graves added new PROMs to the Darius driver.
- 16th February 2001: David Graves added sprite/tile priority to the Darius driver.
- 0.37b11: David Graves and Jarek Burczynski added Darius (World) and clones (Japan), (Japan old version) and (Extra) (Japan).
- 22nd December 2000: Hiromitsu Shioya fixed sprite colors and sound volume in the Darius driver.
- 20th December 2000: Hiromitsu Shioya fixed sound emulation and background positioning in the Darius driver.
- 13th December 2000: David Graves sent in a fully working Darius driver, co-authored with Jarek Burczynski.
- 4th December 2000: David Graves added support for a third Taito TC0100SCN chip emulation.
- 1st December 2000: David Graves updated the TC0100SCN Taito chip emulation to support extra wide tilemaps, making Darius 2, Ninja Warriors and Warrior Blade playable.
- 5th September 1998: J-ROM dumped Darius (Japan) (c)1987 TAITO.


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