TREASURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

by FACE CORPORATION

NEO GEO MVS NGM-072

ATTENTION / DISCLAIMER:

This entry is merely a placeholder here. There is still a possibility that this game was, at one point in time, officially assigned the 072 software product code, but regardless of that, the NEOGEO game that was released under this name, is NOT the same game from 1994. That original game remains lost & may never be found again. The story of this game is quite complicated. We still don't know the truth and we may never get it. However, one thing is certain, what we have today is a homebrew game.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

Carib No Zaiho, the actual original prototype game, was a puzzle game designed in 1994 by SNK's 3rd party licensee Face. Face Corporation was rather active in this area of the game list with Gururin (NGM-067) and Zupapa (NGM-070) Their 4th and final NEOGEO title was Money Puzzle Exchanger (NGM-131) in 1997. First shown at the AM show in Japan in September of 1994, this game simply never made it out of the gates. Puzzle games seem to have been the focus of the company because 3 of the 4 games they developed for the NEOGEO were puzzle games. The original shots shown here were captured from page 220 of the March 1994 Gamest magazine. If someone can provide higher resolution / non watermarked scans, we will gladly re-crop the shots and post them here.

INFORMATION TIMELINE:

-- March 1994 -- Gamest #109, a Japanese video game publication, publishes a short article with screenshots of Caribbean.

-- September 1994 -- the game is shown at the 1994 Japan AM (Amusement Machine) show.

-- June 2011 -- NCI (Neo Conception International) announces that they have received a PC computer disk with the incomplete prototype ROM build of the game.

-- February 2012 -- a French programming team (Le Cortex) programs a completely reworked homebrew hack of Caribbean & releases it to the community as NGM-072.

-- March 2012 -- THIS GAME IS NOT FOUND AND IS NOT CONFIRMED AS NGM-072.

CURRENT STATUS: UNDISCOVERED


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