TwinBee Da!! (ツインビーだ!!, lit. "It's TwinBee!!"), also known as TwinBee GB, is a vertical-scrolling shoot-'em-up game released by Konami for the Game Boy handheld system in 1990 in Japan, and in Europe as Pop'n TwinBee in 1994. It is the fourth game in the TwinBee series, following TwinBee 3 for the Family Computer and the only installment for the Game Boy.
A colorized version of game is featured in Konami GB Collection Vol. 2 in Japan and Konami GB Collection Vol. 3 in Europe. A full remake is featured in TwinBee Portable for the PlayStation Portable. It was also re-released for the 3DS Virtual Console on June 20, 2012 in Japan.
- Translated from the game's instruction booklet.
The TwinBees, who were living peacefully in Donburi Island, receive a challenge from an unknown individual calling himself Dr. Nikki. "How dare you destroy my creation King Spice, as well as Gattlantis and Poko Poko! This time I'll be your opponent. I'll be waiting for you at Puka Puka Island."
Dr. Nikki was none other than Dr. Cinnamon's childhood rival. Whereas Cinnamon decided to use his intellect for the greater good, Nikki became a mad scientist. After reading the challenge, TwinBee and WinBee decide to head to Puka Puka Island without Dr. Cinnamon's knowledge, leaving GwinBee in charge of protecting the scientist. Can the TwinBees truly defeat Dr. Nikki?
- TwinBee: Player 1's ship. A blue aircraft with a circular canopy.
- WinBee: Player 2's ship. A red aircraft with two windows shaped like compound eyes.
- Dr. Nikki: The game's villain. Dr. Cinnamon's rival since childhood. He is the creator of Great King Spice, the antagonist from the original TwinBee. Wears an eyepatch and has swept back hair.
The player uses the directional pad to maneuver their ship, one button to fire its anti-air gun, and the other to launch ground bombs. In addition to destroying enemies, the player can uncover power-up bells by shooting at clouds, as well as ground power-ups by destroying certain ground enemies. Shooting a bell several times will change its color. If the player's aircraft loses both of its arms, it will be unable to throw bombs. When that happens, an ambulance will appear that can repair the player's arms.
- Gray: Gives the player extra points. The more grey bells the player picks without missing one, the greater the points they get (500, 1,000, 2,500, 5,000, and eventually 10,000 points).
- Black: Increases the ship's speed by one level. Can be upgraded up to three times.
- White: Upgrades the ship's gun into a double shot, increase its firepower.
- Patterned: Creates two transparent duplicates of the ship that will duplicate the player's actions, increasing their firepower. In the PSP version, the power-up is colored green and creates four duplicates instead of just two and they can also mimic player's bomb drops.
- Stripped: Creates a barrier around the player that absorbs most enemy attacks. Colored red in the PSP version.
- Star - Destroys all airborne enemies.
- Fruits - Gives extra points.
- Milk Bottle - Gives an extra life.
- Candy - Turns the player's gun into a three-way shot (cannot be used simultaneously with the twin gun). When picked up twice in a row, it becomes a Miracle Ball.
The game is composed of six stages. The player can begin at any of the first four stages by selecting the stage they want to start at in the Set Up menu. However, the player must still complete Stage 4 in order to access the final two stages.
- Stage 1: Boss: Taiyoh No. 13 (also known as Chair Pikkari)
- Stage 2: Boss: Harifoori
- Stage 3: Boss: Kameron
- Stage 4: Boss: The Giant Queen Bee and her four worker bees.
- Stage 5: Boss: Previous bosses (Onion Head, Parallel Dish, Tiger Shark, Claw Device and King Spice) from the original TwinBee.
- Final Stage: Boss: Super Delicious Ultra Cyber Poppo
- The instruction booklet of the game places the events of the plot shortly after the events of TwinBee 3, since Gattlantis and Poko Poko are both mentioned. However, the instruction booklet of Detana TwinBee Yahho! DELUXE PACK retcons the placement of the game by setting it after the original TwinBee, but years before Moero TwinBee (Stinger).
- The main theme and the boss rush theme are both arranged version of the theme music from the original TwinBee. The power-up theme used in Stage 1 is the same as a power-up theme from the original TwinBee, whereas the power-up from Stage 4 was originally the power-up used in the final stage of Moero TwinBee.
- Main article: TwinBee Portable
The TwinBee Portable compilation for the PSP features an enhanced version of TwinBee Da!! known as the "Powered Up Arranged Edition" that features all new full color graphics, new background music, and various new locations. The remake was developed by M2 and features music composed by Manabu Namiki, who produced an arrangement of the Game Boy version's soundtrack by emulating the sound style of the Bubble System hardware that the original arcade version of TwinBee ran on.
The PSP remake also features the following differences from the Game Boy original:
- It is one player only.
- The Stage Select mode was removed. Moreover, the background music played during the Set-Up mode was removed.
- The power-up bells are colored in the following order: yellow, blue, white, green, and red.
- From Stage 2 and onward, the main theme does not play at the start of each stage, but rather the power-up theme from that specific stage.
- The power-up theme in Stage 3 used in the Game Boy version was cut. Instead, the power-up theme that plays is the one that was used for Stage 5 in the Game Boy version.
- The end of Stage 4 is linked to the floating continent area from Stage 5, thus the boss rush segment of Stage 5 occurs immediately. The bee boss of Stage 4, along with the greater half of Stage 5, are also omitted. As a result, the PSP version is one stage shorter than the Game Boy original.
- The 1994 European Game Boy version of this game reuses the cover artwork from the 1993 Super Famicom game Pop'n TwinBee; however, neither Dr. Warumon nor Madoka or the rest of the elements in that cover, besides the main characters, appear in the actual game.
On release, Famitsu magazine scored the Game Boy version of the game a 25 out of 40.
- ↑ お買い物に便利 : 新作ゲームクロスレビュー - ツインビーだ!. Famicom Tsushin #22, page 18. October 26, 1990.
- TwinBee Portable official site (Japanese)