Lost In Translation/DonPachi

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DonPachi marquee.
No screen shot.
Manufacturer Atlus/Cave
Released 1995
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 16.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
OKI6295 (@ 1.056 MHz)
OKI6295 (@ 2.112 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
320 x 240 pixels
57.55 Hz
2,048 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 9 ROMs
12,320,768 bytes (11.75 MiB)
MAME ID donpachi · donpachj · donpachk

About The Game

DonPachi is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up arcade video game.


Chief Hornet (literally), 'DonPachi' is also Japanese onomatopoiea for the firing of guns...

This is the first Cave game.

The plot of this game is quite 'cheesy' : you fight your own comrades in order to become the ultimate fighter, the 'DonPachi elite team!'.

Kenichi Takano and Tsuneki Ikeda (see Staff section) were ex-Toaplan employers. It seems that Tsuneki Ikeda was one of the programmers behind "Truxton", hence the red/blue/green ships colour (for player1 of course :). He should also be the 'Ikeda in Maeba' guy appearing in Batsugun's credits.

Note : read vertically, the highscore table says 'TOAPLAN FOR EVER'.

At the second loop all targets destroyed releases bullets towards your ship.

The 'Engrish' text that appears against the 'WARNING' message upon approaching a boss reads : THIS IS NOT SIMILATION. GET READY TO DESTOROY THE ENEMY. TARGET FOR THE WEAK POINTS OF F**KIN' MACHINE. DO YOUR BEST YOU HAVE EVER DONE.


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

Tips And Tricks

Bee Medals

There are 13 bee medals hidden in each stage. If you cross the location of a hidden bee medal with your bullets or your laser, it starts to blink. Only the head of the laser weapon frees it, so you can capture it after.

  • 1st medal is worth 100 points, 2nd medal 200, 3rd 400, then 800, 1000, 2000...
  • If you miss a medal, the chain breaks and counting restarts. In case you manage to collect all bee medals of a stage, the 13th medal increases it's value stage by stage up to 1'000'000 points.


If you destroy multiple targets within an very short time range (indicated by a green colored bar), a hit counter starts and after 10 hits it will be visible in large letters. Once your hits are too slow, the counter stops and disappears.


  1. DonPachi (1995)
  2. DoDonPachi (1997)
  3. Bee Storm - DoDonPachi II (2001)
  4. DoDonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou (2002)


Kenichi Takano
Tsuneki Ikeda
Toshiaki Tomizawa
H. Uchida
Ryuichi Yabuki
Graphic Designers
A. Aburatani
K. Asaba
J. Fujisaku
R. Nitta
Naoki Ogihara
Ryuichi Yabuki


Sony PlayStation (1996)
Sega Saturn (1996)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
DonPachi PCCB-00184[1] 1995-06-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Celebrity of the voice premium compilation album "Voice bowl" CVST-0999[2] 2008-12-27 Cave 2 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.