Pooyan is a classic arcade game manufactured by Stern Electronics under license from Konami in 1982. In it, the player controls 'Mama', a pig whose babies have been kidnapped by a group of wolves.
Mama Pig defends her home and rescues her 'Pooyan' (the kidnapped piglets) riding an elevator car moved by two 'Buuyan' (controlled by the player with a Y-axis [up and down] joystick), and uses a bow and arrow with
slabs of meat against the balloon-riding wolves and their boss (the latter being pink in color while the former are red).
There are two stages. In the first, the wolves are riding to the bottom of the screen, and if Mama does not shoot them down, they will climb up the ladders and try to eat her. In the second (occurring after an 'intermission' sequence),
the wolves are riding to the top of screen, and if enough wolves get there, they will push a boulder on top of Mama, resulting in a life being lost. In both cases, the stage is cleared by shooting all the wolves, though in the second
stage the boss must be shot down (which will take many shots unless the meat is used), otherwise the wolves will keep coming.
After the second stage is cleared a bonus round begins. In one type, Mama must shoot all the wolves only using meat, while in the other she must use regular arrows on the fruits. Afterward, the game begins anew with higher difficulty.
When the game starts, 'The Other Day I Met a Bear' can be heard during the opening scene (in which the wolves kidnap Mama's babies). The first stage theme bears a very slight resemblance to the main theme music from Frogger, another
Konami arcade game. The song is a part of the Desecration Rag (An operatic Nightmare) by Felix Arndt, the portion that mimics the beginning of Antonín Dvořák's Humoresque Opus 101 Number 7. After the second stage is cleared a second
time, a part of 'Oh! Susanna' can be heard.
Pooyan was ported to the Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, Nintendo Entertainment System, Color Computer 2, Commodore 64, Sord M5, MSX, Apple II, Tandy TRS-80 and the Famicom. The Famicom port was also released for the Wii's Virtual Console only
in Japan. Pooyan was also included on a comiplation disc, Konami Arcade Classics, for the PlayStation 1. An emulated version of the game was released in 2006 for PlayStation 2 in Japan as part of the Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono-series.
Most recently, Pooyan was released on Game Room for the XBox 360. However, all the music has been removed.
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This version of Pooyan was designed for Atari 2600, which was commercially very successful video game console of second generation produced by Atari from 1977 to 1992. It was the first console that used removable memory modules with games. At the time of its greatest fame, more than 30 million units of this console were sold for about $ 200 a piece. To date, the game library for this console contains nearly 1,000 original games. More information about the
Atari 2600 can be found here.
Recommended Game Controllers:
You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB joystick that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a joystick, buy a suitable USB controller on Amazon or AliExpress or in some of your favorite online stores.
Available online emulators:
5 different online emulators are available for Pooyan. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game Pooyan are summarized in the following table:
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