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version: jp - year: 1990 - developer: compile - publisher: naxat - format: pc engine, cdrom - condition: mint, w/o spine- rarity: uncommon


Spriggan is one of the best 2D shooters available on any format


Picking up the right weapon will make life a lot easier during boss fights


Huge bosses often look nastier than what they really are. It won't take too much to gun this sucker down!

Review - Published by Naxat Soft and developed by Compile, Spriggan represents one of the finest vertical shooters on the Pc Engine.

Graphically, Compile managed to draw varied and colorful graphics that often blaze at high speed while huge enemy ships attack you from all corners. There are tons of power up to pick from and they are both beautiful to look at and effective. Of course, picking up the right weapon to get passed certain levels becomes quickly a fundamental element for steady progress. I am not trying to be overly picky but I noticed the absence of any parallax scrolling in the backgrounds and this was kind of a disappointement.

Also, I found the ship to be slightly big and this can represent an annoyance at times when a lot of bullets are flying around. This is not to say that Spriggan's gameplay is bad. On the contrary, it is very well balanced although on normal mode, it won't take you more than a couple of hrs to finish the game.

Finally, the music is genuinely well orchestrated, and the sound effects are definitely well done.

All in all, Spriggan represents one of the finest shooters on Pc Engine and it sure is a piece of shmups history that gives shooters fans some insight on the glorious Aleste series and on the incredible Zanax x Zanac.

Bottom line: decent gameplay and nice artwork all around in this feudal japan fantasy themed shooter....7/10










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