Panda Panda and Black Sea: Strikes Back by Xinyu Games

arcadehero October 12, 2010 7

Lately it seems that when arcade news in the Japan/US/Europe part of the market slows to crawl, then we can take a look at what’s going on in China and something new is being done. Sometimes it’s not exciting when we see a straight clone or bootleg but when something a different/original comes along it’s worth mentioning. So it is with a company called Xinyu Games, who have a couple of new titles that we’ll take a look at here.

(Click on the images for a full-view)

First is a puzzle game called Panda Panda. The control scheme uses a set of sliding sticks which is familiar although it’s used infrequently – something we first saw with Namco’s Panic Park (2000) and most recently with UNIS’s Ultimate (2009). Here the dual-sticks are used to control panda’s at the bottom of the screen who throw colored bubbles up at a string of moving bubbles to combine at least three colors to burst them. We’ve seen that basic idea used often in games like Puzz Loop but at least this throws a new twist on it. It can work as a video-only title or it can accommodate ticket redemption.

Next is a game called Black Sea: Strikes Back, which at first I thought was a Sea Wolf clone but then noticed that it’s a cross between that and something like AfterBurner. The game comes in a sitdown configuration that uses a yoke controller(!)  that gives you control of an aircraft blasting enemy boats and helicopters on the Black Sea. Like Panda Panda, it’s not a graphically complex game but from the pic above the water looks nice. Your aircraft looks ridiculously small however. It’s one of those games you probably need to see in action to get a good feel for it however and whether we’ll ever get that chance, it’s hard to say as it is often hit-and-miss with video of arcades from China.

You can see more about Xinyu on their official website, which also includes Feeding Frenzy arcade. I’ve seen that same machine on CoinopExpress though, so not sure if they are bootlegging it or if the company was the first to develop that for arcades. The pictures show one screen with text in Chinese, English and Spanish so who knows.


  1. jenga October 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Wow…. unless my eyes are deceiving me Black Sea uses 2D SPRITES!!!! I haven’t seen this since the 90s!!!!!!! Can someone confirm? From what I see they are going after the 2D retro look with reckless abandon. Oh wait bootleg perhaps?????? 😉

    • arcadehero October 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Actually there is a Taiwanese company called IGS that up until recently was making 2D games for arcades – I bought one for my arcade called Oriental Legend 2 which had superb 2D art and also recently SNK did King of Fighters XIII in 2D. I saw a few 2D only games at IAAPA last year but only stuff by Chinese or Taiwanese companies. So it’s out there if you look but certainly has become a rarity.

      As for it being a bootleg, we’re not sure. I don’t know of any other game like it but China is still more famous for bootlegging than original content so who knows. 🙂

  2. Nivek November 1, 2010 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Feeding Frenzy was released a couple years ago by GlobalVR/Ultracade.
    Note sure if the rights have expired and licensed by another manufacturer or if this is a bootleg.

    • David R. Foley November 2, 2010 at 3:26 am - Reply

      Feeding Frenzy was released by UltraCade Technologies in 2004, not Global VR. We had sold a few to a Taiwanese partner in 2005, but production was discontinued by late 2005.

      • Nivek November 2, 2010 at 8:17 am - Reply

        Dave, did Ultracade ever fix the “coin didn’t register bug” in Feeding Frenzy?
        I fixed this with additional hardware but I have seen this problem with 1.00RC1 & 1.10RC6 software.
        (I know it’s way out of production but I’m curious to know whether there was any later software)

        • David R. Foley November 3, 2010 at 1:36 am -

          That issue was fixed in subsequent releases of the uGCI-P

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