| paleface [sys=PCCD; cat=Shooter_Vert; loc=JPN] |
|Definitely one of the weirdest shooters I have played, and that's saying something. It's also pretty darn good.|
As some dude (?) in a jetpack-equipped catsuit, you fly over stages filled with giant weird things, like a sunbathing girl, three street pimps, a raccoon or whatever with huge... nuts, a gambling table, a kabuki stage, etc.
Powerups come along in little treasure chests, and you can get little option dudes but otherwise not much goes on on the weapon front, aside from your big screen-covering bombs.
Badguys tend to shoot pretty fast, big orange bullets, but they'll also do stuff like hit you with their kimono belt, gambling sticks, desserts, or themselves. All the sprites are large sized, including yourself, and they move darn fast, so it is very easy to get hit. You can take three or four hits, fortunately, but still it is rather challenging.
The soundtrack extends the craziness of the settings with a variety of appropriate tunes: smooth jazz, synthesized classical Japanese, even rocking along to "Danger Zone" or whatever that Top Gun theme was while flying over the giant sunbathing girl (and an F-16 flies by, just in case you'd missed the connection).
The sprite variety is quite astounding, there are sequences where you fight giant boss-type thing after giant boss-type thing, no two of them alike. You aren't supposed to do that in shooters but apparently nobody told developer Teichiku that, and it makes for a highly bizarre but entertaining game.