Lost In Translation/Argus

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Argus marquee.
No screen shot.
Manufacturer NMK (Jaleco license)
Released 1986
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU (3x) Z80 (@ 5.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 5.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2203 (@ 1.500 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 224 pixels
54.00 Hz
896 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 17 ROMs
524,288 bytes (512.00 KiB)
MAME ID argus

About The Game

While it borrows heavily from the game which established the vertically scrolling shooter, "Xevious", Argus adds its own unique twists. The player's ship is always presented in the center of the screen, and as the player moves left and right, the ground actually scrolls in the opposite direction. The player can continue scrolling all the way in one direction and end up back where he or she started.

Other new concepts include walls of mazes that float in the air which may be optionally traveled through. Certain ground targets provide power-ups or special weapons, but they must be bombed 3 times in order to earn them. A boss sequence occurs at the end of each stage. The boss has one infrequently exposed weak spot that only takes one bomb to destroy, but the boss will leave after an alloted time if the player does not succeed. There is a landing sequence after the boss fight that must be successfully maneuvered for bonus points. And finally, the ship receives a new weapons at each stage (5 distinct combinations which cycle).

The arcade game features 16 levels, the last four of which repeat indefinitely.


Released in January 1986.

Licensed to Jaleco.

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Famicom (1986)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Game Sound Jaleco -G.S.M. Jaleco 1- D28B-0003[1] 1988-08-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
Game Sound Jaleco -G.S.M. Jaleco 1- 25P5-0003[2] 1988-08-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. Cassette version.
Game Sound Jaleco -G.S.M. Jaleco 1- C22B-0003[3] 1988-08-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. Vinyl version.
Moero! Jaleco Audio Collection VGCD-0090[4] 2007-05-25 5pb. Records CD version.


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.