Kidō Senshi Gundam Part 1: Gundam Daichi ni Tatsu! is the first story in a Gundam text adventure series for the Japanese PC-88 home computer. It’s old and not well known outside of Japan – in fact, it’s probably obscure even in Japan.
Interestingly, the entire game is in English – all the descriptions are in English and the player has to type everything in English. But the game wasn’t developed by or for native English speakers, so there are charming little English mistakes throughout the script.
These are some of the highlights from the main game:
You are in a road.
Frau and Haro were blew away by exploding wind.
Frau is crying and flurried, because of her mother's death.
When you hit FRAU, she was still lost herself. But she reached to the Port.
Far away, it seems to be two ZAK. They are rushing to you. What is your instructions?
The Bullet are quite empty. But ZAK are getting no damage.
SWISH ! ! The ZAK is perished and exploded.
You have to think another command.
The target is too far to reach the saber.
Bullet is exhaust.
SWISH ! ! Direct hit to cockpit of ZAK ! ! The driver may be lost his life.
Congratulations for complete of your mission. Now is the time half past of this game.
Far away, an explosive sound is heared.
There is a Naparme.
Destory the parts of GUNDAM, completely.'
Enemy-soldier is running away. You had better to attack him.
Ok. GUNDAM got Sayla in the hand.
Ok. There is a Naparme.
You are in rough place. You must hurry your mission.
Naparm was exploded, and Mobile-Suit parts were destoryed.
Two missiles are approaching to White-Base.
One misssile was shooted by Bearmrifle of GUNDAM.
But another missile is remaing, and approaching to White-Base.
I can't see it.
Two ZAK's are approaching, one is the normal-type, and another is the red-painted: CHAR OF RED COMET'.
Please hit return key to go to next round !!
Game Over Screens
This game has lots of ways to die or fail. I doubt I’ve even found them all, but most seem to have some funny English phrasing.
You killed by ZAK. . . . . GAME-OVER.
As a result of you abandon Frau, she became a prey to ZAK. She was died. . . . . GAME-OVER.
While you were reading MANUAL, ZAK'S attack is hitted GUNDAM
You are beaten by aproched enemy. You are dead. GAME-OVER
Your saber hit the ZAK and it exploded. The breeze blowed TEM out of side-7. He became a dust of the space. GAME-OVER.
Frau & Kikka dead.
G A M E - O V E R !
Oops ! ! Sayla was bounded to the ground. Sayla died. G A M E - O V E R.
Fortunary, first hit was just a scratch. But second was direct hit to the cockpit of GUNDAM. You:AMURO got a death. GAME-OVER.
It appears there were going to be at least three games in this Gundam text adventure series, but only one more was made: Kidō Senshi Gundam Part 2: Tobe! Gundam. This sequel is also entirely in English, but it has fewer language issues than the first game. Still, if you enjoyed these silly screenshots, check it out sometime!
Also, if you liked any of the bad English screenshots above, you'll love my Bad Translation Hall of Fame!