| paleface [sys=PCCD; cat=Shooter_Horiz; loc=JPN] |
|Phew, you gotta work at this one. If you don't mash those fire/bomb buttons as fast as possible, you won't be able to break the powerup ships to get powerups and thus will have no armor or destructive power--in other words, you'll soon be dead.|
This game really tempted me to use auto-fire. Shock! But I didn't and kept hammering those buttons, and I eventually got, o blissful day, TWO bullets at once. From there I was on my way. Of course, if you die, it's back to square one. Or zero, to be more specific. Ow. This game is pretty hard. You can't get a friend in to help as you could in the arcade--single-player only here.
On the plus side of the equation, it looks nice, sounds gorgeous, turns on a dime, and has lots of giant weird fish bosses. Oh yeah and the path forks after each boss, so you can play through many times and see different levels. Neat. The whole thing just smacks of well-doneness.