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When I first set eyes on this game as a tender wee teenager, the current player (a girl I'd had a crush on for ages) had reached the 'Sun' level (level 3); my gob was well and truly smacked. I'd played its predecessor (Nemesis) and fallen completely in love with it and the sequel looked to be every inch as good. The set-pieces (bits of background that had to be destroyed or avoided, the sudden switch to vertical scrolling on level 2...) were awesome. It seemed that nothing would come close. Then came R-type...

Graphics: 85%

Sound: 60%

Gameplay: 90%

Overall: 85%
Smooth Scrolling, imaginative sprites and fully interactive backgrounds. Very good for the time (especially that 'Sun' level). Nothing too remarkable or offensive. The music is a little on the twee side (typically Japanese) but the sound effects are solid and do the job well. More accessible than Nemesis, controlling a fully tooled-up ship (with up to four 'multiples') is an awesome feeling. The backgrounds are are either destructible or threatening and improve the gameplay and feel immensely. Superbly playable, this game caused a real stir when it first appeared in the arcades. The gameplay isn't as well balanced as Nemesis but it's perhaps a little more forgiving, and then of course there's THOSE graphics...

R E C O M M E N D E D   A L T E R N A T I V E S
Nemesis • R-Type • Blazing Star

O T H E R   F O R M A T S
Armalyte (Commodore 64) • Delta (Commodore 64) • Uridium (Commodore 64)

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