A-Jax, known as Typhoon in Europe, is an interesting shoot em up by Konami that switches between 2D overhead stages and 3D behind-the-back stages. The music and graphics are also pretty good.
These unused tracks were first issued on the album Music from Super Contra & A-Jax (K30X-7702), but there the tracks only loop once. Versions that loop twice were released on the Konami Shooting Collection box set (LC-2039~2048).
|M-1||Interestingly enough, this track would later be used in a completely different game, F-1 Spirit, a top-down racing game for the MSX.|
Some unused filler tiles、including the name "A-Jax" written in katakana (エージャックス).
When the game was released in Europe, the title was changed to Typhoon.
The European release changes the level order for 3 stages, starting the game with the first 3D stage and moving the first 2D stage to after the second 2D stage.
|Stage 1||2D Stage 1||3D Stage 1|
|Stage 2||3D Stage 1||2D Stage 2|
|Stage 3||2D Stage 2||2D Stage 1|
|Stage 4||2D Stage 3||2D Stage 3|
|Stage 5||3D Stage 2||3D Stage 2|
|Stage 6||2D Stage 4||2D Stage 4|
|Stage 7||2D Stage 5||2D Stage 5|
|Stage 8||3D Stage 3||3D Stage 3|
For the first 3D stage, the overseas release uses a different track called "A-JAX" which isn't used in the Japanese release. However, the track "DIVE BOMBER" for the first 3D stage in the Japanese version does end up getting used for the final 3D stage in the overseas version. In return, the track "THE FINAL ZONE" is only used in the Japanese version for the final stage and isn't used in the overseas version.
|THE FINAL ZONE||DIVE BOMBER|