Lost In Translation/Ajax

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Ajax marquee.
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Ajax control panel.
Manufacturer Konami
Released 1987
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU KONAMI (@ 3.000 MHz)
M6809 (@ 3.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
(2x) K007232 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
288 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
2,048 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 14 ROMs
3,146,240 bytes (3.00 MiB)
MAME ID ajax · ajaxj · typhoon

About The Game

The player has been issued an emergency order. He must save the earth from being conquered by enemy forces. He climbs into his helicopter and prepares for intense aerial combat. Shooting oncoming enemy aircrafts and bombing the enemies below, he tries to make his way through the different stages to reach the enemy base. When he finishes the first stage, he is transported to his next mission by ab aircraft carrier. He hops into his jet fighters, tanks, ships, helicopters, and aircraft carriers. The player must also be aware of unseen enemies and surprise attacks.

Different kinds of power ups can be obtained throughout the game. These include :

  • '3' 3-Way : Bullets fire forward, right, and left.
  • 'L' Laser : Player can shoot double lasers.
  • 'T' Triple : Missiles are fired that spread out three ways in front.
  • 'V' Vulcan : Rapid bullets are fired in the directions controlled.
  • 'B' Bomb : Air-to-ground missiles are extra powerful.

There is an additional super weapon that destroys all the enemies on the screen at once. However, use of this weapon is limited.

Ajax contains 2 different types of stages : 2-D and 3-D. In the 2-D stage, the player controls a helicopter. In the 3-D stage, the player commands a jet fighter.

Ajax features some impressive graphics filled with rotation and scaling effects (some may get a little dizzy, though!), a solid soundtrack and excellent game control. Highly recommended for any shoot'em up enthusiast!

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3 (FIRE, BOMB, POW)


Released in December 1987.

This game is also known as "Typhoon".

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Vol.4 - 28XA-201) on 10/03/1988.


The stage order is different between Ajax and "Typhoon".


K. Hiroshita
S. Okamoto
S. Fujiwara
Gen. S
2D design
N. Sugita
3D Design
N. Ishii
Dr. Hide
K. Nakamura
Y. Uno
Motoaki Furukawa
H. Ueno
K. Ban

Cabinet and Artwork


Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)
Commodore C64 (1988)
Amstrad CPC (1988)
Sharp X68000 (1989)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
MIDI Power ver.2.0 X68000 Collection KICA-7611[1] 1993-01-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Thunder Cross 276A-7703[2] 1989-05-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Music from Super Contra & A-Jax K30X-7702[3] 1988-03-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
MIDI Power Pro Best Selection KICA-7670[4] 1995-08-04 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Konami Shooting Battle KICA-1136[5] 1993-12-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Konami Shooting Battle II KICA-1171[6] 1995-11-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami GM Hits Factory II KICA-1131[7] 1993-10-21 King Records CD version.
Game Sound Legend Arrange Series - Speed & Wind SCDC-00375[8] 2004-11-17 Scitron Digital Content CD version.
Game Music Now & Then SCDC-00292~3[9] 2003-12-17 Scitron Digital Content 2 CD version.
Music from Super Contra & A-Jax KICA-2307[10] 1993-05-21 King Records CD version.
Konami Ending Collection KICA-1046~7[11] 1991-10-21 King Records 2 CD version.
Konami All Stars ~1000-Ryo Box Heisei 4th Year Edition~ KICA-1053~5[12] 1991-12-21 King Records Inc. 3 CD version.
Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX 28XA-201[13] 1988-03-10 Alpha Records CD version.
Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX ALC-22922[14] 1988-03-10 Alpha Records Cassette version.
Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX ALR-22922[15] 1988-03-10 Alpha Records Vinyl version.
Game Sound Legend Series "Konami Game Music Vol.4 ~A-JAX~" SCDC-00472[16] 2005-11-23 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
KONAMI GAME MUSIC SPECIAL 28XA-214[17] 1988-08-25 Alfa Records CD version.
KONAMI GAME MUSIC SPECIAL ALC-28103[18] 1988-08-25 Alfa Records Cassette version.
MIDI Power ver.2.0 X68000 Collection KICA-7908[19] 1998-09-23 King Record Co., Ltd. CD version.
Konami Special Music Golden Treasure Chest 220A-7721~3[20] 1989-12-21 King Records Inc. 3 CD version.
Kukeiha Club & Konami Kukeiha Club Best Vol.2 KICA-7890[21] 1998-09-04 King Records Inc. CD version.
Thunder Cross KICA-2306[22] 1993-05-21 King Record Co., Ltd. CD version.
Beep Special Project - GAME SOUND COLLECTION N/A[23] 1988-01-01 Softbank Publishing Vinyl version.
GS SELECTION - GS Club Special Project N/A[24] 1988-03-01 Softbank Publishing Double vinyl version.

External Links


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.