Sideline EMAG / Union Systems 1996

This is a 2D side-scrolling shooter for DOS computers, created by a Taiwanese group called EMAG (Electronic Music and Animated Graphics, also GAME backwards). EMAG was born when a group of people, some of them students in Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University, gathered together and pursued their dream of creating games. Most members had never developed games nor run a company before, so they learned by doing. SideLine was their first game but it sold poorly and soon EMAG was barely able to remain active, only supported by its later games 3DCop/ADCop and BonBon Paradise, both light gun games. Some time after the original 1996 release, it received a very limited western release in Poland. A company called Union Systems localized the game with Mirage Software publishing it. The print run was only 3000 (or possibly as little as 1500) copies. 16 years after the game was first released a Spanish online blog Retro Maniac Magazine wrote an article about the game's demo version, leaving many wondering if the game's full version would ever surface. Some months after that the Polish release was indeed found and many gamers were finally able to try the game out for the first time. In October of 2013 the game's producer Jiun-Ming "Jimmy" Hwang allowed it to be distributed as freeware.
Videos
Freeware ISO Demo 519MB (uploaded by Ghegs)
Polish ISO Demo 453MB (uploaded by Old-Games.ru)


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