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version: jp - year: 1989 - developer: nop/ k.i.s.c. - publisher: nichikonren kikaku - format: x68000, 2 disks - condition: mint - rarity: very

Review - Early and unusual X68000 side-scrolling shooter with evocative music and detailed story which was apparently also released as an ultra rare Marty-Fm Towns version.

Interestingly, the packaging of this X68000 version is fairly spartan, with a thick b/w instruction manual detailing the story of the game. Many parts are in English, just like the lengthy in-game text which is completely in English.

The graphics are below the X68000 average and surely do not represent the strong point of the game, which lies elsewhere.

There are actually multiple endings to uncover, depending on the difficulty level at which you play.

Gameplay is a bit simplistic though and not too exciting in my opinion, with levels which don't look very detailed and enemy ships which are most of the time small and not very impressive.

The difficulty level is very manageable on the standard difficulty up to the level before the final level in which the challenge goes up exponentially.

The fact that you can choose from which stage to start and customize your stock of ships and power ups make the challenge less frustrating although if you are going for the good ending, you should be prepared to finish the game on the harder difficulty level, which is almost impossible!

Bottom line: Average shooter with interesting music and tough final stages. 6,5/10


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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