Road Blaster; Thunder Storm (partially found Windows/Sharp X68030 ports of arcade games; 2009)
Road Blaster and Thunder Storm (Known as Cobra Command in the west) are both Data East Laserdisc based arcade games from the mid-1980s that have seen numerous ports to many consoles over the years. The rights to these games were sold in February 2004 with the liquidation of Data East due to its bankruptcy to the Japanese developer and publisher G-Mode Corp., which specializes in mobile game development. since their acquisition of these games there are two known ports; a 2011 port by Revolutionary Concepts to IOS and a limited release to the sharp X68030/68060 MSX PC and Windows, which only released in Japan.
History and Technical Info
The Sharp X68030 and Windows port were coded by Taiyo Seisakusho Inc. and distributed by Jitensyasougyou Inc. The minimum specs for windows are Windows 2000 or newer, a Pentium 3, DirectX 9, and 1.5 GB worth of free space on an HDD, as well as a DVD ROM drive to install the game from. The minimum specs for the Sharp X68000 are either an 030 or 060 revision PC, Human68k Vers. 3.02 OS, Internal ram of 8mb, and 150MB or more free on the HDD. It uses the same DVD as the PC port as the install medium, making it the only Sharp X68000 software to be distributed on DVD-ROM. It is not Emulator compatible. The source of the video used for the port is the rare VHD Version, pulled from a disk with only a couple of previous plays. It seems the X68000 port was a passion project by a talented Developer only listed in these pages as EXCEED, and the windows port is just an upscaled x68000 port version. The game was sold through the online store of Jitensyasougyou and some online retailers before Road Blaster was pulled from sale after October 2012, with the store page edited to reflect the end of its availability. Thunder Storm was pulled in December 2012.
Discovery of Playable Demo
Located in the archived store pages are download links to playable demo versions of the windows ports, and the links to download from are still up somehow. Both of these are strangely listed as trial versions, and there are updates for the full versions if someone owned a physical copy, which means it might be possible to manipulate the .exe to unlock the full game. As for the Sharp X68000 versions, there appear to be no digital versions available or ROMs available at this time, but there might possibly still be copies existing in people's Sharp X68000 software collections.
- A website that lists Data East properties that are owned by G-mode Corp. Retrieved 16 Sept '19
- Revolutionary Concepts website which lists all the work they have done in the gaming industry. Retrieved 16 Sept '19
- Moby Games page for Road Blaster on Sharp X68000 family of PCs. Retrieved 16 Sept '19
- Moby Games page for Thunder Storm on the Sharp X68000 family of PCs. Retrieved 16 Sept '19
- Archived file containing the Road Blaster demo. Retrieved 18 Sept '19
- An archived link to the Thunder Storm demo. Retrieved 18 Sept '19