Vertical games (Arcade PCB)

I really love vertical shmups. The way the bullets rain down towards you is a great feeling, and finding your path makes much more sense IMHO than horizontal shmups. That’s why most of my vertical games are shmups, and the horizontal ones are platform action games.

Vertically orientated games:
| Aero Fighters | Armed Police Batrider | Battle Garegga | Daisenpu / Twin Hawk | Darwin 4078 | ESPGaluda
| ESP Ra.De. | Gals Panic | Gemini Wing (Bootleg) | Ibara | Ketsui – Kizuna Jigoku TachiOut Zone
Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1 | Rush & Crash | Sky Shark (Bootleg) | Space Pilot | Storm Blade 
| Super Qix (Bootleg) | Super Space Invaders ’91 | Twin Cobra | XX Mission

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Aero Fighters | JAMMA PCB | 1992 Videosystem Co.
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Fun, cool shmup from Video System Co. There are two sequels to this game for the Neo Geo system, but I think I’ll settle for this for now. Got this from a swedish seller.
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Armed Police Batrider | JAMMA PCB | 1998 8ing / Raizing
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I’ve found that Yagawa games are attractive to me. Very attractive. Now I have three. This is the Japanese B version.
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Battle Garegga | JAMMA PCB | 1996 Raizing / Eighting
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This is one of my favourite games for sure. It’s not easy to get into, as the scoring mechanic involves suiciding (to get bombs) and lots of other fancy stuff like bombing ground objects (like bushes!!) and what might look like ordinary tiled, backgrounds. I love it.
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Daisenpu / Twin Hawk | JAMMA PCB | 1989 Taito Corporation
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I got this to a very nice price from the Japanese arcade-shop, Fuijita as a group of swedish enthusiasts did a co-order from them. It was originally Daisenpu, but with some romswapping it’s now a Twin Hawk. I really love this old shooter. Best two-player shmup ever.

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Darwin 4078 | JAMMA PCB | 1986 Data East
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I got this as a gift from a friend who’s also a collector of arcade games. I played this a lot in my teens and got as far as stage 16 (final stage) back then.

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ESPGALUDA | JAMMA PCB | 2003 AMI / CAVE
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Bought this from TonyTwoFinger, a good friend and fellow enthusiast. This is my current favorite vertical shooting game. I traded my Atomiswave system for a PS2 so I could play it, and then I sold my Dragon Blaze so I could buy this PCB. Very accessable and addictive, ESPGALUDA is one of CAVE’s finest games and in my current price range. The prequel to ESP Ra.De. A must have for any shooting game fan.

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ESP Ra.De.- AD 2018 Tokyo | JAMMA PCB | 1998 Atlus / CAVE
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I really never got the whole CAVE-hype, until I visited a friend who owns some nice 29″ cabinets and LOTS of great shmups. This really is the way to go for this genre. I consider this one of the finer items in my collection.

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Gals Panic | JAMMA PCB | 1990 Kaneko
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A really fun Qix-style game with a strip-theme, but also surprising game twists that will keep you from seeing the amazing girls if you don’t clear the levels the right way
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Gemini Wing (Bootleg) | JAMMA PCB | 1987 Tecmo
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This was the very first simultaneous 2-player game I ever played. The weapon system is ingenious and music, graphics etc. is as expected from Tecmo – the best. I’ve searched really hard to find this board, in fact I gave up on finding an original as it was so hard and settled for a bootleg.

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Ibara | JAMMA PCB | 2005 AMI / CAVE
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I had a Raiden Fighters 2 gathering dust, and having played Battle Garegga for two weeks I decided that Ibara might fit right in with my other CAVE games after all, so I managed to trade my RF2 for this..

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Ketsui – Kizuna Jigoku Tachi| JAMMA PCB | 2002 AMI / CAVE
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I wanted to buy the PCB even before the end of the first credit. But the price was way out of my comfort zone. I at the same time heard a rumour there was going to be an XBox 360 port coming, so as soon as that was confirmed, I got myself a Japanese 360 along with DeathSmiles. Years later and I could finally afford the JAMMA PCB! This is easily my favourite shmup.

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Out Zone | JAMMA PCB | 1990 Toaplan Co. Ltd
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Great Toaplan shooter in the same style as Commando, Mercs or Shock Troopers. But this one is simply better.

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NAMCO Classic Collection Vol. 1 | JAMMA PCB | 1995 NAMCO
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At first I was looking for a Galaga PCB, but when I tried Galaga Arrange in MAME I just had to have this!

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Rush & Crash | JAMMA PCB | 1986 CAPCOM
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I fell in love with this in the arcades back in 1986 and always wanted to own it myself. Now I have one and finally the controls feel just as good as it used to. MAME just doesn’t do this game justice.

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Sky Shark (Bootleg) | JAMMA PCB | 1987 Taito Corporation
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This is one of my biggest games ever. The graphics, the music, it’s all good.. I bought this nice bootleg with three other games for a very nice canadian guy on eBay. I finally got my hands on it’s sister game, Twin Cobra now as well.

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Space Pilot (Bootleg) | Non-JAMMA PCB | 1982 Konami
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Fell head over heels in love with this at a gamenight over at madness place once. I have finally gotten my hands on a working PCB. At least I think so, I haven’t gotten my adapter to test it yet. One of those games that you can just keep on playing, again and again.

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Storm Blade | JAMMA PCB | 1996 Visco
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Very nice vertical shooter from Visco. Tried this in MAME and really liked the gameplay so I started to search. Found one in my home town! What are the odds?

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Super Qix (Bootleg) | JAMMA PCB | 1987 Taito Corporation
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Super Space Invaders ’91 | JAMMA PCB | 1990 Taito Corporation
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I love this game. I used to play it in the arcades a little bit, but when there was a high score competition for Majestic 12 (the Japanese version of this awesome game) over at BYAC, I played it a whole lot and really got the hang on how to score and get much further than anytime before. Playing the PCB is loads more fun than MAME though.

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Twin Cobra | JAMMA PCB | 1987 Taito Corporation
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Got this for a nice price from Madness, a swedish collector. This is possibly my favourite shmup of all times. I’m always in the mood to play it anyways.

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XX Mission | JAMMA PCB | 1986 UPL Company Limited
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I got this on eBay. This game is like the missing link between 1942 and 1943, but in space! The powerup system is just like in 1943, but UPL (always very creative) came up with it before Capcom did. You get a powerup and when fired upon, it changes. Plus, did I mention it’s by UPL?!

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  1. gregory cady

    I purchased a hang pilot arcade game simulator and the pc boards are missing can you help me. My name is gregg jrjrhog@cox.net thanks.

    1. emphatic

      Sorry, Gregg, I’m not even sure I understand your question. Did you get a dedicated Hang Pilot cabinet but the PCB is missing? I think your best bet is making an advanced search on eBay (Worldwide) and save it so you’ll get updates when something turns up.

  2. derek

    can you email me? Did you ever get that linux arcade distro working with your intel laptop?thanks

    1. emphatic

      Sorry, I never got it working.

  3. caincan

    xx mission & darwin4078. played these hundred times i guess in local bars in old times. still in mind to play them again i hope.

    thumbs up for your rest & recover after accident.

    1. emphatic

      Thanks man!

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