Rod-Land (Japan bootleg)

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Romset name:
Production year: 1990
Manufacturer: bootleg

Game genre: Platform
Category: Platform / Run Jump

This machine is a clone of:
 • Rod-Land (World)

This machine works in MAME This machine works in MAME

Overall emulation: Good
Color emulation: Good
Sound emulation: Good
Graphics emulation: Good
Save states: Supported

In MAME since version: .035b10

The MAME driver of this machine is: megasys1.cpp - Read the code

 Tech info 
 Hardware of this machine:
  • CHIPs [Show details]

    M68000 ("maincpu")cpu 6000000 Hz
    M68000 ("audiocpu")cpu 7000000 Hz
    Speaker ("lspeaker")audio
    Speaker ("rspeaker")audio
    YM2151 ("ymsnd")audio 3500000 Hz
    OKI6295 ("oki1")audio 4000000 Hz
    OKI6295 ("oki2")audio 4000000 Hz

  • Screens [Show details]

    This machine uses a single screen:
      Graphic type: Raster
      Screen orientation: Horizontal
      Resolution 256 x 224 @ 56.191350 Hz

  • Number of players: 2P Simultaneous
  • Controllers [Show details]

      Joystick [8 ways]
      Joystick [8 ways]
    Number of buttons: 2

  • Dip-switches [Show details]

    Default settings in bold
     Infinite (Cheat)
    Default episode1
    Flip ScreenOff
    Coin A3 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit
     1 Coin/1 Credit
     1 Coin/2 Credits
     1 Coin/3 Credits
     1 Coin/4 Credits
     1 Coin/5 Credits
     Free Play
    Coin B4 Coins/1 Credit
     3 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit
     1 Coin/1 Credit
     1 Coin/2 Credits
     1 Coin/3 Credits
     1 Coin/4 Credits
     1 Coin/5 Credits
    Demo SoundsOff
    Service ModeOff

  • ROMs (7 of the parent set, 8 of the clone set) [Show details]

    Referred to MAME version: 0.181

    NameSizeCRC32SHA1StatusIn romset
    rl19.bin65536028de21f 04c88a0138dd119655b4a8a965617781a9a6ff71 good rodlandjb
    rl17.bin655369c720046 8543f0942863b4aa5329572dd1f374ea18c29851 good rodlandjb
    rl20.bin655363f536d07 cfcf47c42677fae204b3a7d70786d157279ba6e5 good rodlandjb
    rl18.bin655365aa61717 3292cdafc10b412c06addc3c6d4e39ee70ff06e8 good rodlandjb
    rl_3.bin65536c5b1075f a8bcc0e9dbb4b731bc0b7e5a8e0efc3d142505b9 good rodlandjb
    rl_4.bin655369ec61048 71b6af054a528af04e23affff635a9358537cd3b good rodlandjb
    rl02.bin65536d26eae8f 1c6d514e6d006f78fa7b24d18a3eb4c5a4c5cbce good rodlandjb
    rl01.bin6553604cf24bc e754cce3c83a7088daf90e753fbb0df9ef7fc9be good rodlandjb
    LH534H31.ROM145242888201e1bb 3304100dcab7b67cee021869a50f4295c8635814 good rodland
    LH534H32.ROM18524288f3b30ca6 f2f88c24a009b6695f7548aebd37b25d1fd19892 good rodland
    LH2311J0.ROM19131072124d7e8f d7885a10085cc3389bd0e26e9d54adb8929218c0 good rodland
    LH534H33.ROM23524288936db174 4dfb2c31bc4bbf659184fe18e320d19f326b3ec5 good rodland
    LH5321T5.ROM10262144e1d1cd99 6604111d37455c1bd59c1469d9ee7841e7dec913 good rodland
    S202000DR.ROM82621448a49d3a7 68cb8cf2753b39c253d0edaa8ef2c54fd1f6ebe5 good rodland
    PS89013A.M145128914e72d 80a664471f14c8ed8544a5e226fdca425ab3c657 good rodland

    :  PARENT Machine
    :  CLONE Machine
    :  BIOS
    :  Device


Rod-Land (c) 1990 Jaleco.

Rod-Land is a cute and colourful platform game for one or two players in which two fairy sisters - 'Tam' and 'Rit' - must rescue their kidnapped mother from the 'Maboots Tower' fortress.

The fairies are armed with the 'Rods of Sheesanomo' - two magical rods that enable the fairies to catch enemies in a force-field and slam them into the platforms to kill them - and must clear each level of enemies to move onto the next and eventually reach and infiltrate the Tower.

As well as the magical rods used for attacking enemies, the fairies can also create a magical ladder - in a fashion very similar to that used in Taito's "Rainbow islands" - which can be utilised anywhere on a level and allows players to reach other platforms or escape from pursuing enemies. Each player can utilise only one magically-created ladder at any one time and the creation of a new ladder removes the previously-created one.

A level is only completed when all enemies have been killed. Some defeated enemies drop bonus items, such as fruit, missiles and bombs.

Each of the game's levels features brightly coloured flowers. If players manage to collect all of these, the 'Extra Game' mode begins. During this time-limited mode all of the level's enemies turn red and move much faster. If the enemies are killed in time, they drop an alphabetic letter that can be collected to spell the word 'EXTRA' and earn players an extra life.


Jaleco Mega System 1-A hardware

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : 68000 (@ 7 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.5 Mhz), (2x) OKI6295 (@ 30.303 Khz)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2 (Catch, Create magical ladder)


Released in April 1990.

This game is known in Japan as "Rod Land - Haha wo Motomete 30 Kai".

Rod-Land contains a second episode (see 'Tips And Tricks' section) known in Japan as "Rod Land - Tozasareta Sekai". This time, the storyline has an alien pyramid landing in Fairland and in this episode, it is the girls' father that must be rescued. The gameplay is identical to that of the first episode, with only graphical differences separating the two.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Rod-Land - PCCB-00028) on 21/05/1990.


* One feature unique to Rod-Land is that the game's sequel is already included and becomes available upon completion of the first game. While the graphics, enemies and level layouts have been changed, gameplay is identical to the first game.

- How to access 'Part 2 : The Unknown Pyramid', the Second Episode (note : this can also be unlocked via the dip switches settings)...

English version : after inserting a coin, press DOWN three times, then START.

Japanese version : after inserting a coin, press UP three times, then START.

- How to access 'Part 1 : Rescue My Mom', the first episode, when the second is enabled (via dip switches settings)...

English version : after inserting a coin, press UP three times, then START.

Japanese version : after inserting a coin, press DOWN three times, then START.

* The game has 3 endings, depending on the following:

- Enable the default 1st Story (Rescue My Mom) through the Arcade's DIP Switches and beat the 31 levels.

- Enable the 2nd Story (The Unknown Pyramid) through the Arcade's DIP Switches and beat the extra 31 levels.

- Enable the 1st or 2nd Story (depending on which is enabled as the default one) through the secret code and beat the extra level 32.


Music composed by: Tsukasa Tawada


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1992)

Nintendo Game Boy (1993)

Sony PlayStation [Port of Famicom version] (2003, "Yousei Monogatari Rod-Land" - Included in "Jaleco Collection Vol. 1")

* Computers :

Amstrad CPC (1990)

Commodore C64 (1991)

Commodore Amiga (1991)

Atari ST (1991)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1992)


Game's rom.

Warning: information in history.dat can differ from the ones present in the rest of the page (taken from MAME) as they come from a different source

Information on rodland

0.36b5 [Luca Elia]

0.35b10 [Luca Elia]

0.35b4 [Luca Elia]


- After inserting a coin (5), press the player 1 'down' (Cursor DOWN) button 3 times and START (1). This will activate the extra mode, so you can play with all new levels, gfx and music.


- Report from a PCB owner about ROM names. Misc (ID 01061)


- 0.133u1: Renamed (rodlndjb) to (rodlandjb).

- 0.37b14: Added clone Rod-Land (Japan) (original version). Changed parent description to 'Rod-Land (World)' and clone '(Japan)' to '(Japan bootleg)'. Renamed (rodlandj) to (rodlndjb). Added gfx3 rom from clone (Japan) to (World).

- 0.36RC1: Added priority prom ($0).

- 0.36b5: Luca Elia added RodLand (World). Changed 68000 CPU1 clock speed to 12MHz. Added 3rd coin slot.

- 24th October 1999: Luca Elia fixed Rodland graphics.

- 0.35b10: Luca Elia added RodLand (Japan) (Jaleco 1990).

- 31st March 1999: Luca Elia sent in a huge update to the Jaleco Mega System 1 driver, with support for Rodland (Japan version only), Earth Defense Force and Avenging Spirit.

- 0.35b4: Luca Elia added RodLand (Testdriver).


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