Lost In Translation/Twin Bee

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Twin Bee
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Manufacturer Konami
Released 1985
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 9.216 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
(2x) AY-3-8910A (@ 1.790 MHz)
K005289 (@ 1.790 MHz)
VLM5030 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 224 pixels
60.61 Hz
2,048 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 7 ROMs
336,384 bytes (328.50 KiB)
MAME ID twinbee

About The Game

Twin Bee is a vertically scrolling arcade video game shoot-em-up starring a pair of bee-shaped robots, Twinbee (the blue one) and his female counterpart Winbee (the pink one), in what is called a 'cute 'em up', a slang for shoot-em-up games that feature cute characters, animals and other funny looking creatures, among other whimsical themes and brightly coloured landscapes. It's a fun game to play with at least 6 stages that repeat themselves with increased difficulty as you go along.

Power-ups and extra points can be found in special bells hidden in some enemies that, when shot a certain number of times, will change colour and then, when touched by the player, will provide a power-up, such as extra speed.


Released in March 1985.

This is the first title using Konami's Bubble System Board.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Vol.1 - 28XA-85) on 25/06/1986.

Tips and tricks

Formation Bonus

If you take out all enemies in a formation, you get bonus points.

Yellow Bell Bonus

If you keep on picking up yellow bells, you earn increasing bonus points. The bonus will increase up to 10,000 points. But if you miss picking up even 1 bell in the process, the bonus drops to 500 points.

If you keep on shooting a bell it will break and turn into a bee! Be careful.

Change the colour of a bell as you wish, the colour of a bell changes after every 5 shots: -

Shots Colour
5 White
10 Blue
15 Green
20 Red

The Multiple and Barrier cannot be used together. When you have your Multiple, the Barrier (red bell) will not be available. When you have your barrier, the multiple (green bell) will not be available.

If you take out enemies on the ground fruit items will appear. Pick them up to get bonus points. Strange items will appear every once in a while.

When you get one of your hands destroyed, get your other hand destroyed (if you can afford it) to call an ambulance.


  1. Twin Bee (1985)
  2. Detana!! Twin Bee (1991)
  3. Twin Bee Yahhoo! Fushigi no Kuni de Oo-Abare!! (1995)


Music By
Shigeru Fukutake
Yoshinori Sasaki

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Famicom
Nintendo Famicom Disk (1988)
Nintendo Game Boy ("Twinbee Da!")
Sony PSP (2007, "Twin Bee Portable")
Nintendo DS (2007, "Konami Classics - Arcade Hits")
MSX (1986)
Sharp X68000

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Perfect Selection Twinbee KICA-1057[1] 1992-02-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami GM Hits Factory I KICA-1122[2] 1993-03-24 King Records CD version.
Konami GAME MUSIC VOL.1 28XA-85[3] 1986-06-25 Alpha Records CD version.
Konami All-Stars 1993: Music Station of Dreams KICA-9016~8[4] 1992-12-24 King Records 3 CD version.
Konami GAME MUSIC VOL.1 SCDC-00050[5] 2000-11-01 Scitron Discs CD version.
Konami GAME MUSIC VOL.1 ALC-22902[6] 1986-06-25 Alpha Records Cassette version.
Konami GAME MUSIC VOL.1 ALR-22902[7] 1986-06-25 Alpha Records Vinyl version.
KONAMI GAME MUSIC SPECIAL 28XA-214[8] 1988-08-25 Alfa Records CD version.
KONAMI GAME MUSIC SPECIAL ALC-28103[9] 1988-08-25 Alfa Records Cassette version.
Winbee's Neo Cinema 2 ~Paradise side~ KICA-7642[10] 1994-08-05 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami All Star Festa '97 KICA-7766~7[11] 1997-06-04 King Records Inc. 2 CD version.
Konami Special Music Golden Treasure Chest 220A-7721~3[12] 1989-12-21 King Records Inc. 3 CD version.
Konami Addiction ~For Electro Lovers~ UPCH-1606[13] 2008-05-21 Universal Music CD version.
Legend of Game Music ~Premium Box~ SCDC-00410~7[14] 2005-03-24 Scitron Digital Contents 8 CD version.


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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.