Lost In Translation/R-Type

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R-Type marquee.
No screen shot.
R-Type control panel.
Manufacturer Irem
Released 1987
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU V30 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
384 x 256 pixels
55.00 Hz
512 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 20 ROMs
917,504 bytes (896.00 KiB)
MAME ID rtype · rtypepj · rtypeu

About The Game

R-Type is an horizontally scrolling arcade video game shoot-em-up that revolutionized the genre.

R-Type is an incredibly difficult game but, due to the superb graphics, breath-taking level design and never-before-seen game-play, the game was a huge success, and is still regarded as being the finest of its genre.

R-type's real stroke of genius was in the innovative weapon system the game introduced. The first is the beam weapon : when the player presses and holds the fire button, a beam 'power meter' starts to charge up, once the meter was full, releasing the fire button unleashed a very powerful 'plasma burst', capable of destroying most of R-type's enemy ships. The trade-off was that charging the weapon took up valuable seconds, giving the Bydo ships time to attack.

The second and perhaps most significant innovation was R-type's now-legendary 'Force Pod'. This takes the form of an invincible, detachable laser-firing pod that can be attached to either the front or rear of the player's ship, or can be detached completely and sent forth into the enemy ships. The pod laser was a stroke of true genius and, coupled with the superb level design, gave the world its first 'strategic' shoot-em-up.


Released in July 1987.

Licensed to Nintendo for US manufacture and distribution.

R-Type is one of the most famous of all scrolling shooters. Its impressive graphics, detailed animation, inventive features and simple yet surprisingly involved game-play made it a huge success for Irem.

The first boss, as well as some of the stages, seem inspired by the artistic works of H. R. Giger (of 'Aliens' fame). He makes a brief cameo in the TV sets in "Undercover Cops".

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (R-Type : Irem Game Music - 28XA-199) on 25/01/1988.


At the title screen, the prototype version says 'Play and enjoy the game' instead of 'Blast off and strike the evil Bydo empire!', as it does in the final version.


  1. R-Type (1987)
  2. R-Type II (1989)
  3. R-Type Leo (1992)
  4. R-Type III - The 3rd Lightning (1994, Nintendo Super Famicom)
  5. R-Type Delta (1999, Sony PlayStation)
  6. R-Type Final (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)
  7. R-Type Tactics (2007, Sony PSP)

Cabinet and Artwork


Box art for the Electric Dreams port of R-Type.
NEC PC-Engine (1988)
Sega Master System (1988)
NEC PC-Engine Super CD-ROM2 (1991, "R-Type Complete CD")
Nintendo Game Boy (1991)
Nintendo Game Boy Color ("R-type DX")
Sony PlayStation (1998, "R-Types")
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)
Commodore C64 (1988)
Amstrad CPC (1988)
Commodore Amiga ("R-Type", 1988, Electric Dreams)
MSX (1988)
Atari ST (1988)
Sharp X68000 (1989)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
R-Type IREM Game Music 28XA-199[1] 1988-01-25 Alfa Records CD version.
R-Type IREM Game Music ALC-22921[2] 1988-01-25 Alfa Records Cassette version.
R-Type IREM Game Music ALR-22921[3] 1988-01-25 Alfa Records Vinyl version.
STORM! - SHOOTING GAME SOUND OMNIBUS Vol.2 KDSD-00023[4] 2004-01-07 Team Entertainment CD version.
R-TYPE SPECIAL VICL-8077[5] 1993-09-22 Victor Entertainment Inc. CD version.
Beep Special Project - BEST GAME MUSIC SELECTION N/A[6] 1987-11-01 Softbank Publishing Vinyl version.
R-TYPE Complete CD ICCD 1001[7] 1991-12-20 IREM CD version.
R-TYPE Your Best, Our Best SOUND TRACK N/A[8] 2009-10-29 IREM SOFTWARE ENGINEERING CD 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.