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Gowin Technology Co., Ltd. (高遠科技有限公司) was a publisher of unlicensed Game Boy games, and later on, both a developer and publisher of unlicensed Game Boy Color games headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. They are notable for being one of the only unlicensed game companies in a Chinese-speaking region that released games that did not majorly rely on other intellectual property without permission (barring sound engines and in one instance, an entire game soundtrack). Almost all of its earlier mono Game Boy games, with the exception of its first released game, were developed by a team connected to Gamtec and Vast Fame, while its later Game Boy Color games were developed in-house by a team in Shenzhen, China.

Apart from their Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, Gowin also released an LCD game.

Some of Gowin's mono games will only run on mono systems like the original Game Boy, due to the boot logo change. Others will not run on the Game Boy Advance line of systems, nor the Super Game Boy or Game Boy Player.

List of games[1][]

Game Boy[2][]

  • GS-01 琵琶行 / Sound of the Pipa[3] (1993) - A company named AMind is credited on the box and at the start of the game. Unlike the rest of Gowin's monochrome games, this game does not have any known reprints
  • GS-02 魔法球 / Magic Ball (1993) - The common ROM of the Gowin version is a cracked version with an intro added by "GYY Game Unlock Team". A version of this game was included in multicarts released by Vast Fame circa 2002. That version and a post-1993 reprint of the Gowin version of the game are dumped
  • GS-03 耶魯王子 / Prince Yeh Rude (1993) - The common ROM of the Gowin version is a cracked version with an intro added by "GYY Game Unlock Team". A version of this game was included in two multicarts released by Vast Fame: Gold Version 12-in-1 (金版中文RPG戰略+動作+益智12in1) and Shishang Chaoqiang RPG + Gedou + Yizhi Ban Zuhe Ka 18 in 1 (史上超強RPG+格鬥+益智版組合卡18in1). That version and a post-1993 reprint of the Gowin version of the game are dumped
  • GS-04 拉薩瑪傳奇 / Story of Lasama (1993) - A version of this game was included in two multicarts released by Vast Fame: Silver Version 12-in-1 (銀版中文RPG戰略+動作+益智12in1) and Shishang Chaoqiang RPG + Gedou + Yizhi Ban Zuhe Ka 18 in 1. That version and a post-1993 reprint of the Gowin version of this game are dumped
  • GS-05 彩虹戰士 / Prince Rainbow (1993) - The common ROM of the Gowin version is a cracked version with an intro added by "GYY Game Unlock Team" and glitches not present in the original releases (i.e., the Hot Kid splash screen has glitched graphics). A early build of this game was included in some of Vast Fame's multicarts, which does not have a splash screen and has its own set of glitches. This version of the game is dumped. The unmodified Gowin releases of this game are currently undumped
  • GS-06 瓜瓜火龍 / Fire Dragon (December 1998) - The common ROM of the Gowin version is a cracked version with an intro added by "GYY Game Unlock Team". Referred to as 龍行天下 in an early build of the game found on Vast Fame multicarts, which is dumped. The unmodified final Gowin release is currently undumped
  • GS-07 迷途之旅 / 迷途の旅 / Lost Trips / Losing Trip (December 1998) - A 1998 re-release of a 1993 Game Boy game credited to Songtly and Jumbo Team named Top Secret (最高機密) with updated Gowin copyrights.[4] The common ROM of the Gowin version is a cracked version with an intro added by "GYY Game Unlock Team" and all original Gowin copyrights removed, which goes by the names Mi Tu De Lu and Puzzle Path. The unmodified 1998 and 2000s Gowin releases are currently undumped
  • GS-08 數碼怪獸 / Binary Monster (November 1998)

Multicarts[]

  • KKL-01 3-in-1 with Fire Dragon, Prince YehRude and Story of Lasama
  • KKL-05 3-in-1 with Fire Dragon, Lost Trips and Story of Lasama[5]

Game Boy Color[]

  • GS-09 神奇鐵金鋼 / Amazing Robot (May 2001)
  • GS-10 數碼怪獸 - 地獄大冒険 / Binary Monsters II - Adventure of Hell (January 2000)
  • GS-11 封魔神燈 / Magic Lamp (July 2000)
  • GS-12 Lei Nu Ji Shen (雷弩機神) / Final Robot (October 2000)
  • GS-13 熱門高校 數碼怪獸III / Binary Monsters III - School Fighter (January 2001)
  • GS-15 悟空降魔錄 / Journey to the West (July 2001)
  • GS-16 恐龍創世紀 / Dinosaur Genesis (August 2001)
  • GS-17 臥虎藏龍 / Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (January 2002)
  • GS-18 石器時代 掌機版 - 精靈王誔生 / Stone Age: Birth of the Goblin King (July 2002)

Trivia[]

  • Gowin's games are numbered with IDs GS-01 through GS-18, however it is unknown whether or not a GS-14 exists.[3]
  • Eight English Gowin games were listed on their website.[6] In addition to these releases, there was an English release for GS-17 (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).[7] Older print runs of Magic Ball were released with boxes and manuals in English.
  • Gowin advertised their monochrome game multicarts in the Wolf Weekly (疾風快報) gaming magazine in Taiwan. Later on their color games would be featured as proper games in these magazines.[8]
  • Older Gowin games were also released (and likely developed) by companies other than Gowin. An example of this is the pre-Gowin version of Lost Trips named Top Secret, which was made by Songtly and Jumbo Team.
  • Binary Monster borrows its soundtrack from the Game Boy game Another Bible by Atlus. This makes it the only Gowin game known to have taken its music from a licensed Game Boy title.
  • Some of Gowin's older games were trademarked by a semiconductor company called Syntek.[9]
  • There were multiple iterations of their mascot 瓜瓜龍.[10]
  • The first five Gowin games have circuit boards with the year 1993 listed on them.

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