Arcade Shoot-Em-Up Tengai Reappears For Smartphones

By Eugene . June 14, 2014 . 2:00pm


Tengai is a classic side-scrolling shoot’em’up from back in the mid ’90s. It’s now been re-released, gloriously old-school and all, free on smartphones.


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It was known for being tough (for its time) and different in its choice of using characters rather than ships.


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Tengai, also called Sengoku Blade: Sengoku Ace Episode II also made waves for giving players heroes with more than a basic backstory, each having their own endings. The game features characters battling their way through a fantasy version of Japan. It appears all six characters from the original game are playable here as well.



Tengai is out now on iOS and Android.




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  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Oooh, looks fun. I’ll have to download it when i get that Samsung Galaxy 3 from my mom.

  • d19xx

    Nice. I miss Jun Tsukasa’s art…

  • Aoshi00

    I still have this on the Saturn, was hoping it would be on XBLA or PSN someday.. well at least free for Android..

  • Göran Isacson

    Oh, weren’t these the guys who also made that game where you play as, for instance, a small witch girl with a rabbit familiar, a bald vampire, a genie and a manly samurai who gets ALL the dudes? Psikyo, if I recall correctly. Apparently only one character is free though, judging from the comments on the page, which I think I see the logic behind. Half the fun of this game IS the various, wacky characters.

    • Acidonia

      Yep that’s the same team, Both games in the series was on PS2 though when sold in Europe by 505 games was split into two separate games.

      • Göran Isacson

        I thought so- recognized the character designs. Man, Gunbird 2 is pretty darn wild. Wonder if there’s any fun in hunting down 1 if I already own 2 though.

      • landlock

        Though they were both sold a super budget price in Europe as well. 505 Game Street were great for 2D shooters. Then it’s all went pear shaped when they started doing cheap American games. :(

  • Tony F.

    That raccoon is RAD


    It looks like they’ve covered up poor Koyori, or just “Miko” in the international release, for this re-release. Bah.

    • Göran Isacson

      Ha ha, I THOUGHT something about it was peculiar. Kinda curious whether or not she’ll be the most popular character now ;)

    • Aoshi00

      yeah, all covered up now :( tried it, only 2 chars unavailable, need to pay to unlock the rest or continue.. hard to play on the phone anyway.. would be better if ported to console w/ achievement like Guwange, poor Koyori indeed :(|4

    • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

      Why would they do that! The game was famous for its sexy main character. It’s like making a Dead or Alive game without bikinis.

  • haha going to play it from my experia play, hopefully other great psikyo stg coming up as well

  • landlock

    Don’t think these games work very well with touch controls at all IMO. Think I’ll stick with the PS2 versions.

  • Tincho Kudos

    Reminds me of Pocky & Rocky. Man that was a fun game

  • ddh819

    hope this works with the moga

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