volume 12 of the PC series had, at one point, caught the eyes of a few arcade developers in South Korea.
Fergzilla, who told me about the first of the three games I'll be
covering in this post: Yun Sung's Shocking. Shocking is a total,
wholesale rip-off of the action RPG Gensei Kai Shingeki, with a new plot
about a wolfman trying to regain his humanity tacked on. There's not
really that much more to it: Shocking is a really close clone to its
"inspiration", the biggest difference being that the graphics are lower
resolution, since the original was a PC game, and Compile's PC games
were (and are) reknowned for their great hi-res pixel art.
The problem is that this, combined with stage design that often places
enemies on small, high-up platforms makes the game a bit of an awkward,
labourious chore to play. It's a shame, as it does at least look a lot
better than Bomb Kick.
So that's that, then. Two Korean companies both decided to plagiarise
games from a relatively little-known series of discmags, and both chose
games from the same volume of said discmags. What a world!