A coin-op game released by Capcom/Romstar in 1986. The full title was Sidearms Hyperdyne in the U.S. and Hyperdyne Sidearms in Japan. Sidearms was a very underated and somewhat rare shooter/shmup with a Robo-Tech type theme. The game featured both 1 and 2 player simultaneous action, horizontal and vertical scrolling, several stages ranging from moderate to downright difficult, challenging and sometimes huge bosses, a special power-up that unlocked a dual mecha transformation and other bonus features. The game was ported mostly to computers such as the Atari ST, and Commodore 64 as well as the PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16 and also Sony's PSP in a Capcom compilation. Sidearms was the second game in a series known as "Jetpack Hero" which started with Section-Z and ended with Forgotten Worlds. They are related only in that they have a similar layout and gameplay; each game in the series has it's own storyline.
"I can't believe how accurate this port of Sidearms is and the sound is better than the arcade verion!!"
by T.Ractorhead November 25, 2006
Sidearm is a z-80? based arcade game from the late 1980's featuring 2 dimensional scrolling, and interchangeable weapons.
Some favourite late 80's arcade machines; sidearm, xevious, magmax.
by mongrelbeast January 01, 2008
n. A paradox of Einsteinian proportion, that which is at the same time bad-ass and refined. That which saves brown babies and prepares homemade pasta dough. That which is truly hoss and yet truly gentile. A man of amazing proportion and ridiculous excess. A man of this age and all others.
The sidearm feverishly prepared his fifth culinary masterpiece while simultaneously smoking a pipe and saving a brown village.
by Skippy April 23, 2004