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(or Famous 7, or Famous, or something in Chinese)

impressions & screenshots courtesy Jonathan Lux

7 Famous is interesting. When you turn it on, the bitcorp logo appears, then fades away replaced by UMC. (i'll try to get a photo of that) (taizou note: video below!). You play as this double dragon-esque "tough guy". You run around kicking the things look like squirrels and monkeys. they pop, turn into a bomb, which you pick up and drop in front of a door, it blows up and you earn some trinket. the first level had four or five doors. might be an original game. Only played it briefly so far. Graphically when compared to other games (say treasure hunter, magic jigsaw) your guy seems much more realistically rendered ( proportionately, he looks like an adult) less cartoonish, i mean.

(two screens from the first level)

Something from eBay (seller's name lost, sorry!)

The following is the game intro according to the instructions:

"Lover of adventure and danger, Garcia is a fighter with years of experience with all flavors of weird monsters and beasts. Garcia is also an explosives expert, familiar with a hundred and one ways of blowing up a building. One day, Garcia gets a letter from his old friend Marques:

'Garcia, My son has been taken hostage by monsters, and is being held at the Magic Palace. Not only is my son there, but so are many other innocent children who are being held for ransom. I beg you to think of a way to rescue all these children. The wretched Monster Gang is reaching out its evil hand again to do bad in our world.

Sincerely Yours, Marques'

Reading this, Garcia immediately went into action. Packing a large supply os short-fuse bombs on his body, he headed to Magic Place. Strangely, the atmosphere inside of Magic Palace had become dark and eery. Thousands of monsters and beasts attacked Garcia to hold him back. After many fiery battles, Garcia was almost exhausted, but only after retrieving 3 safety permits, and saving on chold can he go on to rescue the rest of the chioldren."

Garcia was clearly on the "A" team... But interestingly, on the box, things are slightly different:

"Midge is a fierce warrior who enjoys the excitement of battle. He is trained in warfare and is also an explosives expert. When his close friend sends for ehlp, Midge sets off immediately to the rescue, though this means entering the camp of the evil necromancer, who has recently extended his power in the world.

The necromancer's camp is situated in a children's fun fair. The little children and the small animals have all become demons under the necromancer's evil influence. Arming himself with powerful weapons, Midge alone sets out to break into the necromancer's camp. A terrible batle is about to begin!!"

This oversight provides an interesting insight into Gamate product development. An interesting item from a historic viewpoint.

The game is quite good too!

Additional Images

box + manual + card (from ebay)