Thin Chen Enterprise
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Thin Chen Enterprise (full name Sheng Qian Enterprise Co., Ltd (Chinese: 聖謙企業股份有限公司)), also known as Sachen, was a Taiwanese company that developed several original games for the NES, Mega Drive, Game Boy and other early cartridge-based handheld systems such as the Watara Supervision and Mega Duck. With the exception of the latter two handhelds, all of Thin Chen's games were produced without license from the console manufacturers. The company produced at least 70 unique games for the NES and Famicom and at least 32 for the Game Boy (compiled into eight 4-in-1 cartridges), making it the most prolific unlicensed developer and publisher for both consoles. The company also produced its own Nintendo Entertainment System hardware clones, such as the Q-Boy.
Most of Thin Chen's products were released under the "Sachen" brand name, although the names Joy Van and Commin were also used for certain early games for the Famicom and handheld consoles respectively. Several of their NES games were released outside Taiwan under license by foreign publishers, including: HES Interactive in Australia, Hacker International in Japan (usually with added pornographic content), Bunch Games/Color Dreams and American Video Entertainment in the United States, and Milmar in Brazil.
Nintendo Entertainment System/Family Computer
List of titles as Thin Chen
|#||Serial number||Title||AKA title(s)||Original release||Notes|
|1||SA-003||Middle School English||Dòng Dòngnǎo II - Guó Zhōng Yīngwén||1989|
|2||SA-002||The Penguin & Seal||1989||Published in AUS by HES Interactive as Arctic Adventure: Penguin & Seal.|
|3||SA-001||Taiwan Mahjong 16||Táiwān Máquè 16||1989|
|5||TC-029||Gaiapolis||1990||An unofficial port of the homonym arcade game.|
|6||SA-008||The Mahjong World||Máquè Shìjiè||1990||1) Contains nudity.|
2) Published in Japan by Hacker International as Mahjong Summit Kabuchiko Hen.
|7||SA-014||Magical Mathematics||1990||Credited as Magic Mathematic on title screen.|
|8||SA-027||Mahjang Companion||Mahjong Partner||1990||1) Contains nudity.|
2) Published in Japan by Hacker International.
|9||TC-013||Poker II||1990||4 games in 1: Max 2, Ghost Buster, 99 and Change Around.|
|10||SA-009||Pyramid||1990||1) A puzzle game.|
2) Published in the U.S. by American Video Entertainment, in AUS by HES Interactive, and in Japan by Hacker International.
3) The Hacker version contains nudity, and was also re-released by the same Sachen.
|12||SA-012||Millionaire||1990||A board game similar to Monopoly.|
|13||SA-015||Chess Academy||Xiàngqí Xué Yuán||1991|
|15||SA-017||Locksmith||1991||A mix of action and puzzle.|
|19||SA-019||The Great Wall||1992|
|21||N/A||Puff Kid||1992||A prototype of the game Q Boy.|
|22||SA-025||Taiwan Mahjong II||1) Táiwān Máquè 16 II
2) Bonus Tiles Mahjong
|1992||Credited as Táiwān Huā Pái Máquè 16 on title screen.|
|23||SA-020||Tasac||1992||A basic vertical space-shooter.|
|24||SA-024||2-in-1 Tough Cop||1993||1) 2 games in 1: Tough Cop and Super Tough Cop.|
2) Cartridge says "Light Gun Game", green label.
|25||SA-022||Huge Insect||1993||1) A Galaga-style game with a wildlife theme rather than a space theme.|
2) Produced in 1993 but remained unreleased until the early 2000s.
|27||TC-026||Q Boy||1994||A prototype screenshot in the back of certain Sachen game manuals shows the game being named Puff Kid at one point, and having a menu that contains an "Options" menu.|
|28||TC-025||Silver Eagle||1994||An overhead shoot 'em up very similar to Bloody Wolf or Metal Gear. The main character is sometimes called "Snake", which is the name of both the main protagonist in the Metal Gear series and one of the character's names in Bloody Wolf.|
|29||TC-030||Thunder Blaster Man||Rocman X||1995||A platformer with a gliding ability and a boomerang weapon, title screen and Chinese version label says "Rocman X".|
|30||TC-032||中國大亨, Zhōngguó Dàhēng||Millionaire II||Unknown||A board game similar to Game of the Goose.|
|31||N/A||Měi Shǎo Nú Mèng Gōngchǎng||Unknown||An unofficial Chinese-language port of Princess Maker.|
List of titles as Sachen
|#||Serial number||Title||AKA title(s)||Original release||Notes|
|1||TC-011||Chinese KungFu||1989||A clone of the game Double Dragon.|
|3||SA-004||Lucky Bingo||1989||1) A slot-machine simulator.|
2) Credited as Lucky 777 on title screen.
|5||N/A||Mine Sweeper 2||1989|
|6||N/A||Mine Sweeper 3||1989|
|7||SA-007||Bingo 75||1990||1) A slot-machine simulator containing nudity.|
2) Credited as 75 Bingo on title screen.
|8||N/A||Challenge of the Dragon||1990||1) The U.S. version of Chinese KungFu.|
2) Its title is not related to the Color Dreams game of the same name.
|9||N/A||Double Strike: Aerial Attack Force||1990||The U.S. version of Twin Eagle; published by American Video Entertainment.|
|12||SA-006||Honey Peach||Měinǚ Quán||1990||Contains nudity.|
|13||SA-011||Pipe V||1990||1) Credited as Pipe 5 on title screen.|
2) Published in AUS by HES Interactive as Pipemania.
|14||N/A||Mahjong Trap Plus||Sìchuān Máquè - Zhìfú Piān||1990||1) Contains nudity.|
2) Published in Japan by Hacker International as Shisen Mahjong: Seifuku Hen.
|16||TC-012||The World of Card Games||1) Poker I
2) Boku Koku Shuu Kin
|1990||4 games in 1: Omnibus Hearts, Fan Tan, Chinese Rummy, and The Clock.|
|17||TC-017||Auto-Upturn||1991||1) A puzzle game.|
2) Contains nudity in later levels.
|19||TC-016||Happy Pairs||1991||A Mahjong solitaire game.|
|21||SA-026||Mahjong Academy||1) Máquè Xué Yuán - Zúyè Piān
2) Mahjong School
|22||TC-020||Poker III||Poker III 5-in-1||1991||5 games in 1: King of Casino, King Poker, Poker, Blackjack, and The 13 Cards.|
|23||SA-018||Poker Mahjong||Pūkè Máquè||1991|
|24||TC-014||Strategist||1991||2 games in 1: Poker Racing and The Battle of Poker.|
|25||TC-021||Super Pang||1991||An unofficial port of the arcade game Pang.|
|26||N/A||Frog Adventure||1992||An unofficial port of the arcade game Frogger.|
|27||TC-022||Super Pang II||1992||An unofficial port of the arcade game Super Pang.|
|28||N/A||Worm Visitor||1992||Similar to Frogger.|
|29||SA-023||2-in-1 Cosmocop||1993||1) 2 games in 1: Cosmocop and Cyber Monster.|
2) Cartridge says "Light Gun Game", red-grey label.
|30||TC-028||Jurassic Boy||1994||1) A Sonic 2 clone that lacks abilities from the original, such as rolling along the ground and spin dash. The NES manual mentions these features, however, and the game itself contains numerous unused sprites, suggesting these features were planned.|
2) Credited as Jurassic Boy 2 on title screen.
|31||TC-027||Street Heroes||Samurai Spirits||1995||1) A fighting game with extensive use of voice samples.|
2) The version titled Samurai Spirits is not a port of the arcade game of the same name.
List of titles as Joy Van
|1||TC-001||Jovial Race||迷魂車, Míhúnchē||1989||1) Similar to Rally-X.|
2) Published in Brazil by Milmar.
|2||TC-002||Hidden Chinese Chess||暗棋 帥 將, Ànqí Shuài Jiāng'||1989|
|3||TC-003||Sidewinder||1) 響尾蛇, Xiǎngwěishé
2) Mission Cobra
|4||TC-004||Little Red Hood||小紅帽, Xiǎohóngmào||1989||Published in AUS by HES Interactive in 1990.|
|5||TC-005||Raid||1) 突擊, Tūjī
2) Silent Assault
|6||TC-006||Twin Eagle||双鷹, Shuāng Yīng||1989||Published in 1990 by: American Video Entertainment in the U.S., HES Interactive in AUS, and Milmar in Brazil.|
|7||TC-007||Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu||盗帥, Dàoshuài||1989||Credited as Master Chu & the Drunkard Hu on title screen.|
|8||TC-008||Joyvan Kid||1) 未来小子, Wèilái Xiǎozi
2) Metal Fighter
|1989||Also known as Space Boy.|
|9||TC-009||Incantation||1) 蝶變, Diébiàn
2) Galactic Crusader
|10||TC-010||Mahjong Trap||四川麻將, Sìchuān Májiàng||1989||1) Published in Japan by Hacker International as Shisen Mahjong: Seifuku Hen in 1990.|
2) Contains nudity.
|1||Funblaster Pak||1990||1) Contains: Metal Fighter, Twin Eagle, Little Red Hood, and Pipe V (credited as Pipemania).|
2) Published by HES Interactive.
|2||Mindblower Pak||1990||1) Contains: Galactic Crusader, Arctic Adventure, Magical Mathematics (credited as Math Quiz), and Shuǐguǒ Lí (credited as Jackpot).|
2) Published by HES Interactive.
3) The game Shuǐguǒ Lí, is the only game on the list which is not released by Sachen.
|3||Super Cartridge Version 1: 4-in-1||Unknown||Contains: Bingo 75, Lucky Bingo, Honey Peach, and Chess Academy.|
|4||Super Cartridge Version 2: 10-in-1||Unknown||1) Contains Hidden Chinese Chess, Omnibus Hearts, Fan Tan, Chinese Rummy, Max 2, Ghost Buster, 99, Change Around, Fortune Telling (Chinese), and Fortune Telling (English).|
2) All games appear on The World of Card Games and Poker II except the two versions of Fortune Telling.
|5||Super Cartridge Version 3: 8-in-1||Unknown||1) Contains: Jovial Race, Little Red Hood, Twin Eagle, Silent Assault, Super Pang, Mine Sweeper, Mine Sweeper II, and Mine Sweeper III.|
2) The three versions of Mine Sweeper were only released on this cartridge.
|6||Super Cartridge Version 4: 6-in-1||Unknown||Contains: Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu, Metal Fighter, Galactic Crusader, Auto-Upturn, Magic Cube, and Super Pang II.|
|7||Super Cartridge Version 5: 7-in-1||Unknown||Contains: The Penguin & Seal, Middle School English, Pyramid, Magical Mathematics, Strategist, Olympic I.Q., and Chinese Checkers.|
|8||Super Cartridge Version 6: 6-in-1||Unknown||Contains: Colorful Dragon, Pyramid II, Pipe V, Millionaire, Dancing Block, and Locksmith.|
|9||Super Cartridge Version 7: 4-in-1||Unknown||Contains: Sidewinder, Happy Pairs, Tasac, and Silver Eagle.|
|10||Super Cartridge Version 8: 4-in-1||Unknown||1) Contains: Final Combat, Worm Visitor, Frog Adventure, and Magical Tower.|
2) All games bar Final Combat were ported from the Game Boy exclusively for this cartridge.
|11||Super Cartridge Version 9: 3-in-1||Unknown||Contains: Challenge of the Dragon, Rockball, and PoPo Team.|
Note: All series of Super Cartridge Version, was developed and released as Thin Chen Enterprise.
- Mystical Muppet Mahjong [AKA Ti Xian Muou Majiang] — A port of Tel-Tel Mahjong.
- --Unknown-- — A TC-031 numbered series game.
- Twin Ball
Game Boy/Game Boy Color
List of titles as Sachen
|#||Title||Original release ||Game Boy||GB Color||Notes|
|3||Black Forest Tale||1993||Yes||No|
|12||Explosive Brick '94||1994||Yes||No|
|16||Jurassic Boy 2||1999||No||Yes|
|17||Rocman X Gold||1999||No||Yes||An alternate version of Thunder Blast Man.|
|19||Thunder Blast Man||1999||No||Yes||Also known as Rocman X on title screen. Although they are essentially the same game, it is worth noting that the characters in the game from Thunder Blaster Man and Rocman X are completely different, the first being the original Sachen creation from the NES version, and the second being a clone of Megaman.|
|23||Gedou Zhanlue 2002||2002||No||Yes||An RPG and strategy game with elements of The King of Fighters.|
|24||Street Heroes||Unknown||No||Yes||Credited as Street Hero on the package.|
List of titles as Commin
|#||Title||Original release ||Game Boy||Game Boy Color||Notes|
|1||A-Force: Armour Force||1993||Yes||No|
|5||Hong Kong Mahjung||1993||Yes||No|
|8||Store Tris 2||1993||Yes||No|
|9||Street Rider||1993||Yes||No||A Game Boy version of Jovial Race.|
|11||Trap & Turn||1993||Yes||No|
|13||Deep: Final Mission||1994||Yes||No|
|#||Serial number||Title||Original release||Game Boy||GB Color||Notes|
|1||4B-001||4-in-1 Version 1||1997||Yes||No||Contains: Street Rider, Vex Block, Trap & Turn, and Duck Adventures.|
|2||4B-002||4-in-1 Version 2||1997||Yes||No||Contains: Virus Attack, Electron World, Dice Square, and Trouble Zone.|
|3||4B-003||4-in-1 Version 3||???||Yes||No||1) Also known as Commin 4-in-1.|
2) Contains: Taiwan's Mahjong, Japan's Mahjong, Hong Kong's Mahjung, and Store Tris 2.
|4||4B-004||4-in-1 Version 4||1997||Yes||No||Contains: Pile Wonder, Snake Roy, Suleiman's Treasure, and Puppet Knight.|
|5||4B-005||4-in-1 Version 5||???||Yes||No||Contains: Arctic Zone, Magical Tower, Railway, and Worm Visitor.|
|6||4B-006||4-in-1 Version 6||???||Yes||No||Contains: Bomb Disposer, A-Force: Armour Force, Black Forest Tale, and 2nd Space.|
|7||4B-007||4-in-1 Version 7||???||Yes||No||Contains: Ant Soldiers, Dan Laser, Sky Ace, and Zoo Block.|
|8||4B-008||4-in-1 Version 8||1997||Yes||No||Contains: Captain Knick-Knack, Flea War, Explosive Brick, and Magic Maze.|
|9||4B-009||4-in-1 Version 9||???||Yes||No||Contains: Zipball, Small Gorilla, Crazy Burger, and Deep: Final Mission.|
|10||8B-001||Color 8-in-1||1999||No||Yes||Contains: Zipball, Deep: Final Mission, Crazy Burger, Small Gorilla, Street Rider, Vex Block, Trap & Turn, and Duck Adventures.|
|11||8B-002||Color 8-in-1||1999||No||Yes||Contains: Virus Attack, Electron World, Trouble Zone, Dice Square, Pile Wonder, Snake Roy, Puppet Knight, and Suleiman's Treasure.|
|12||8B-003||Color 8-in-1||1999||No||Yes||Contains: Arctic Zone, Magical Tower, Railway, Worm Visitor, Bomb Disposer, 2nd Space, Black Forest Tale, and A-Force: Armour Force.|
|13||8B-004||Color 8-in-1||1999||No||Yes||Contains: Ant Soldiers, Sky Ace, Dan Laser, Zoo Block, Captain Knick-Knack, Flea War, Explosive Brick, and Magic Maze.|
|14||31B-001||31-in-1 Mighty Mix||Unknown||No||Yes||1) Contains all of their games developed as Sachen for the Game Boy/Game Boy Color, as well as a few more: Thunder Blastman (sic), Jurassic Boy 2, Street Rider, Bomb Disposer, Dan Laser, Vex Block, Explosivew Brick (sic), Small Gorilla, Trap & Turn, Pile Wonder, Arctic Zone, Zoo Block, Magic Maze, Magical Tower, Virus Attack, Electron World, Truble Zone (sic), Dice Square, Railway, Worm Visitor, 2nd Space, Black Foresttale (sic), A-Force, Skyace, War Flea, Crazy Burger, Deep, Zipball, Captain Knick, Ant Soldiers, and Duck Adventures.|
2) The menu font does not contain the characters '&' or '-'. They are displayed as ' ' (space).
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
Both two games were developed and copyrighted as Thin Chen Enterprise co., as seen on the title screen. However, the name Sachen also appears on the opening screen.
|#||Title||AKA title||Original release||Notes|
|1||Competition Mahjong||Shizen Mahjong||Unknown|
|2||Queen of Poker Club||Unknown||6 card games in 1.|
All games, both as Thin Chen Enterprise that as Sachen, were all made in 1992 with the only exception of Kung-Fu Street, which was made in 1993.
|#||Title||Brand name||Release year|
|1||Balloon Fight||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|3||Dancing Block||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|4||Final Combat||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|6||Galaxy Fighter||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|9||Hero Hawk||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|11||Kabi-Island: Gold in Island||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|12||Kung-Fu Street||Thin Chen Enterprise||1993|
|13||Magincross||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|14||Penguin Hideout||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|16||Pyramid||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|18||Super Kong||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|19||Tasac 2010||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
|20||Thunder Shooting||Thin Chen Enterprise||1992|
Each Mega Duck/Cougar Boy game is similarly labeled as the same games were marketed for both systems. The notation MDxxx is used for Mega Duck Games, and the notation CBxxx for a Cougar Boy Games. A MD002 is exactly the same game as the CB002, even to a point that some "Cougar Boy" games start up with a Mega Duck logo.
- Background shading indicates games that have a Cougar Boy Variant.
- Serial number followed by a/b/c/d/e indicates included games in # cartridge.
|Serial number||Title||Brand Name||Release year|
|009||Trap and Turn||Commin||1993|
|011||Captain Knick Knack||Sachen||1993|
|013||Black Forest tale||Commin||1993|
|035||Four in One||Sachen||1993|
|036||Commin Five in one||Commin||1993|
|036a||Store Tris 1||Commin||1993|
|036b||Store Tris 2||Commin||1993|
|036e||Hong Kong Mahjung||Commin||1993|
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