| 1995 (arcade)|
Taito F3 System
Taito, Virgin Interactive
Shoot 'em up
| Arcade game, Sega Saturn, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows|
Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
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Gekirindan (逆鱗弾, "Imperial Wrath Bullet") is a vertical scrolling shooter developed by Taito where players select one of three different fighters (a futuristic fighter jet, a helicopter conditioned to space travel and a remodeled old-fashioned plane) against a destructive army of mechs throughout different time periods.
In the year 3195, a time machine is created on Earth and is promptly stolen by an unidentified, mechanized being known only as Huge-Boss. This entity then uses the time machine to travel back in time and destroy 3000 years of human history. The only resistance Huge-Boss faces is a group of pilots from different time periods who aim to stop him, although some of them have their own motives other than saving mankind.
Each fighter has a different shot pattern that can be upgraded or changed. There are also the side-weapon pick-ups including a pair of homing lasers, diagonal firing napalm and missiles.
Player 1 pilots:
Hokuto: A strong, though effeminate-looking pilot from the 3100s era whose parents were killed by Huge-Boss' attacks. With his mother's hair ribbon as his only tangible remnant of them, Hokuto vows to avenge their deaths with the destruction of Huge-Boss.
Anne: A red-haired young woman from the early twentieth century who pilots a helicopter. She writes all her experiences as she goes through life. This 'Anne' is reminiscent of Anne Shirley, a literary character which is very popular in Japan.
Dietza: A wild rockabilly pilot from 1950s era.
Player 2 pilots:
Grother: A confident, no-jokes pilot from an unknown time period. He keeps a picture of a beautiful dark-haired woman with him, but it is unknown who she is.
Shario: A beautiful and ingenious young woman from the 3100s era who attempts to fulfill the last wishes of her recently deceased sister, which will be accomplished with Huge-Boss' destruction. She always travels with her strange-looking pet cat.
Orsa & Mayoru: Two young elfen pilots and nature lovers, possibly from the 3100s era as well.The soundtrack (composed by Taito's own Zuntata) mostly consists of the first level theme song remixed differently for every level with no boss themes.
This game has many references to previous Toaplan / Toaplan-developed Taito games.