CAPTAIN AKAMARU (Kazuteru Suzuki)

System – MSX
Author – 鈴木 一輝 (Kazuteru Suzuki)
Publication – Micom BASIC (マイコンBASIC) May 1985
Page Scans – 1 2 3 4
Preserved By – TWE, eientei (bugfixing research)
Recommended Emulator – openMSX

Download ROM

Loading the Game –

Three versions of the game are included:
– cakamaru.wav, a cassette-tape recording of the original game;
– cakamaru_fix.wav, a cassette-tape recording of the original game with bug fixes;
– cakamaru.dsk, a floppy disk image of the translated, fixed and self-booting version of the game.
(In the original listing, the location of the font is only set partially, causing most later MSX machines to crash.)

For cakamaru.wav and cakamaru_fix.wav:
– After booting the machine, insert the tape image;
– Type ‘CLOAD’ and press Enter;
– After the game loads, type ‘RUN’ and press Enter to load the graphics data;
– After the counter stops, type ‘RUN 100’ and press Enter to start the game.
For cakamaru.dsk:
– Insert the disk image in the first slot, then boot the machine;
– The game should load and start automatically.


Game Instructions –

Start playing with Space, and move with the cursor keys.
Grab the flag on top, then the money bag, while avoiding enemies and collecting other items.


Article Translation –

Kazuteru Suzuki

I’m Akamaru. I’m Aomaru’s twin brother, but now we’re enemies. However, the BLUE RIVERS, lead by Aomaru, are strong foes.
Everyone on my side has been defeated, except for me. But I can’t admit defeat yet…


In this game, you must move Akamaru with the cursor keys to capture the flag at the top, then grab the 💰 that appears afterwards, which is not an easy task.
Apples are 10 points each, treasure is 300 points each, and the 💰 is 3000 points. The flag can only be captured if you manage to take all the treasures.
If Akamaru touches even a little bit of an enemy, they die. Furthermore, if you go off the side of the screen, you’ll appear on the other side. Every time you clear a round, you’ll get one extra life. As a final note, whenever the screen is paused, press the space key to start playing.


Since Mode 2 is used, the character cannot be changed. Therefore, after the character set is modified, please refraim from typing lowercase characters while modifying the program.

Execution Warning:
When first RUNning, the program will start moving the font. When the number on the top of the screen reaches 2047, execution stops. To run the game proper, use ‘RUN100’.

Reference Material:
Pocket Bank Series 9 (ASCII)

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