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Terra Cresta Terra Cresta - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Terra Cresta - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A vertical-scrolling shoot-em-up. Fly over islands shooting spaceships, ground bases and Tyrannosaurus Rexes. Destroy the special bases to release special power-ups that will increase your fire power. Use the Phoenix button to split your ship apart for increased firepower or become indestructible after the fourth bonus part has been collected.

Terra Cresta was produced by Nihon Bussan in 1985.

Nihon Bussan released 9 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Nihon Bussan was based in United States.

Other machines made by Nihon Bussan during the time period Terra Cresta was produced include: Galivan: Cosmo Police, Nekketsu Grand Prix Gal, Mahjong Koi No Magic Potion, Mahjong Koi Uranai, and Mahjong Pachinko Monogatari


Name Terra Cresta
Developer Nihon Bussan (United States)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10077
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class Nichibutsu
Game Specific Terra Cresta Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Terra Cresta Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FirePhoenix
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Vertical scrolling shoot-em-up over landscape of islands shooting spaceships, ground targets, Tyransaurous Rexes and three different mothercraft ships.

Shoot silos on ground numbered 2 to 5 to release another ship part which attaches to increase firepower. Parts are 2-Wider shot, 3-Rear Shot, 4-Front cannon and 5-Rear shield.

Using the Phoenix button splits ship parts into a formation for limited time given increased fire power. The number of parts determines the formation e.g. if you have picked up two parts then a triangle is formed with your ship at the back and the other two infront.

When collect all four parts you become a glowing indestructible Phoenix for a limited time.

Game Play

You have three Phoenix power-ups for each part collected. If your ship is hit, you will lose all the extra parts that you've picked up. If you're hit when you have all four parts, you will only lose two.

Terra Cresta KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.24 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.55

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 0.50
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 3.50

Technical Rating: 2.92

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 3.00
Originality 2.50
Sound/Music 1.50

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Terra Cresta Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 63 known instances of this machine owned by Terra Cresta collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 53 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Terra Cresta machine for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Terra Cresta circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Terra Cresta boards sets.

This game ranks a 18 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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