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Cho Aniki

version: jp - year: 1992 - developer: masaya - publisher: ncs - format: pc engine, cdrom - condition: mint, w/o spine - rarity: uncommon

 

Choose between Idaten (male) and Benten (female)

 

 

Cho Aniki is much more challenging than Parodius for instance

 

The character you control isn't very detailed

 

Aren't the graphics good?

Review - Cho Aniki is a very peculiar side-scrolling shooter, the 1st game to appear in the now popular series well known for its weird erotic humor content.

I won't spend much time on the sexual cliché in the game as they have been widely covered by many websites. I would rather spend some time on the quality of this game.

For a PCE game, Cho Aniki has some of the best audio-visuals you will ever find in any game on this platform. Sure the main sprites you can choose to control are tiny and not very detailed but the backgrounds are truly impressive and immersive. The artistic direction in this game is a step above the rest. Not only levels look inspired and fresh but they are masterfully executed. The PCE color palette is used to great effect throughout while levels feature various layers of parallax scrolling.

The graphics in Cho Aniki are sometimes reminiscent of Chariot (a great 2D shooter from Capcom) especially because they share the same theme in places. In latter levels, suns, moons, stars, runic symbols that look like the ones usually drawn on Tarot Cards adorn the backgrounds and give to the game a unique feel. Bosses are big and imaginative and they never fail to surprise. In Cho Aniki, everything is possible. Think of it as a surreal shooter, weirder than what you would normally come across in a Parodius game.

Cho Aniki's music is among the best you can find. It probably won't suit everybody's taste but it suits the weirdness of the game flawlessly.

Gameplay is intuitive and fairly fast paced. The difficulty level (even on Easy mode) is challenging enough to provide a longer than expected life span to the game.

All in all, the 1 st chapter in the long-running Cho Aniki series is still a great game in its own right. Simply put, it's a must-have on PCE!

Bottom line: the 1st game in the series and still one of the best. A no miss!! 8/10

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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