BLOXEED: Differences across versions


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Boards

Japan version and worldwide version of Bloxeed use different boards.

Japan version is running on System 18 hardware (released in 1989). It was developed as the succeeding model of System 16 (1986) on which Tetris and other notable games were developed. System 18 added some custom chips to improve the expression, and it adhered to the JAMMA standard unlike previous systems by Sega.

The worldwide version of Bloxeed was developed on System C (1989), hardware with a similar architecture to the Mega Drive console with a cheaper production cost. Columns and Columns II were developed on System C too, but this was also used by Atlus's "Print Club" photo booth, or used for the monitors of kiddy rides and popcorn vending machines.

SEGA AGES Tetris Collection, a PlayStation 2 port of Bloxeed implements the System 16 version as same as on Tetris, as the special appendix.

Noticeable differences

Japan version (System 18) and Worldwide version (System C) have the following differences:

Tab. 1: Background images
Level System 18 System C
0 sunset sunset
1
2
3 earth*1
4
5
6 climbing animal
7 earth*1
8
9 galaxy vortex
10 desert
11
12 volcano waterfall
13
14
15
16- volcano
Tab. 2: Power block descriptions
(incl. line breaks)
PB Description
16 THIS WEIGHT
ELIMINATES 3
VERTICAL ROWS
OF BLOCKS.
S PUSH
THE BUTTON
TO SHOOT AT
THE BLOCKS.
B EXPLODES AND
DESTROYS
THE BLOCKS.
F PUSH
THE BUTTON
TO DROP
THE BLOCKS
IN PLACE.
Tab. 3 Demo scenes scripts (incl. line breaks)
System 18 System C
遊び方 HOW TO PLAY
時間によって、
ブロックが下から押し上げられます。
WHEN A LIMITED PERIOD OF
TIME ELAPSES,
BLOCKS MOVE UP ONE ROW.
パワーブロックのラインを消して… COMPLETE THE ROW THAT
CONTAINS THE
"POWER BLOCK", AND...
ピンチを切り抜けてください!! YOU CAN GET OUT OF
TROUBLE.
2人対戦でも1CREDIT!!
(No counterpart text which reads "You can play VS mode with only 1 credit!!")
対戦モード VS. MODE
2ライン以上
同時に消して
MAKE 2 ROWS
OR MORE AT
A TIME, AND...
相手にラインを
送れ!!
SEND THEM
TO YOUR
OPPONENT.

Dip switches for the Japan version

Dip switches of System 18 version work as written in the following table (a JPG file). Bold letters mean the factory settings (everything is set to OFF). The number 1-4 switches of SW1 correspond to the first coin chute. The number 5-8 switches of SW1 correspond to the second coin chute. The English explanation of SW2 is available from the Arcade Restoration Workshop website.

dip switches of Bloxeed

[*1] The same background as the title screen.

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