is a Shoot 'em Up
developed by Zoom
, and was originally released for the Japan-only Sharp X68000
. It was later ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
; the English release of the SNES version is best known for having an old man playing a banjo on the cover (see Covers Always Lie
This game is also playable through an easter egg bonus in the Virtua Fighter
mashup/clone Zero Divide
, for the Playstation
and Sega Saturn
, via a code. It received a Game Boy Advance
port with a different, more traditional cover. A WiiWare
port was announced for Japan, though no international release has been announced.
This game provides examples of:
- Action Bomb: Some enemies in the game are like these, they explode into lots of bullets.
- Attack Drone: Some of the weapon power-ups give your ship these.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Most, if not all of the bosses are like this.
- Battleship Raid: One level has you roaming around giant spaceships finding the core.
- Bonus Level: Every stage has a Bonus Level. They're inconspicuous and incredibly hard to find, though.
- Bullet Hell: On "Funny" difficulty.
- Charged Attack: The "E" Power-Up allows for this when shooting.
- Chest Monster: A hidden stage accessible from the second stage is filled with power-up icons...that suddenly grow spikes and start shooting at you. You can tell them apart from real powerups if you notice that your shots don't pass through them.
- Combat Tentacles: Many enemies and bosses use this on you.
- Combining Mecha: When you use your "R" Smart Bomb, the Attack Drones will merge together into a robot which proceeds to move into the enemy for massive damage.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Enemies are exempt to Deadly Walls, and their shots can pass through walls and floor. As for you... no such luck.
- Covers Always Lie: This one is the king of that trope, trying to invoke a Space Western feel with the American box art. The developers admitted many years later that they chose such a bizarre image in order to make the game stand out amongst the glut of similar space shmups on the market at the time.
- Dual Boss: The Mini-Boss of the Asteroid Thicket stage is an asteroid that splits into two organic halves, which you have to defeat separately.
- Easy-Mode Mockery: If you beat the game on easy, the game mocks you to try Normal Difficulty instead of giving you the ending.
- Excuse Plot: There's aliens. Shoot them.
- Explosive Breeder: In the third stage, you have to fight a Segmented Serpent. When defeated, its brain comes out, and that brain sure knows how to multiply quickly...
- Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks: One of the Mini Bosses in the second stage is a shark-like machine.
- Flunky Boss: The second-to-last boss sends out mini Spider Tanks that fire at the player. It gets very annoying.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The L weapon, which gives you Attack Drones fires out piercing lasers. It can also fire behind the player character too!
- Harder Than Hard: "Funny" Difficulty.
- High Speed Battle: The cover art says "The Hyper-Speed Shoot-Out IN SPACE". Actually, that one does make sense in the seventh stage "Hyper Space", where you character is going through space really fast while shooting down multiple enemies.
- Homing Projectile: The "A" missile powerup, as well as the H weapon.
- Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: The hardest difficulty is called "Funny"
- Mercy Invincibility: Present in this game, thankfully. You also get a few seconds when you use some of the Smart Bombs
- Nintendo Hard: Don't let the power bars fool you. This game is still comparably hard, even on Easy.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The boss of the "Advertize Zone" could be a dragon of sorts.
- Outrun the Fireball: Once you beat the Final Boss.
- Ramming Always Works: One of your Smart Bombs will merge your Attack Drones into a robot that tries to touch the enemy. It's one the the strongest attacks you have, capable of downing a boss!
- Segmented Serpent: The Mini-Boss of the third stage, and one of the organic enemies in the final stage.
- Smart Bomb: Depending on what weapon you have equipped, your Smart Bomb will be different. You then lose the equipped weapon too, so plan wisely!
- Spread Shot: The "R" weapon, when fully powered up.
- Taking You with Me: On "Funny" Difficulty, most regular Mooks will explode into no less than 3-4 suicide bullets!
- Underwater Boss Battle: The second stage.
- Womb Level: The last level is implied to be this. It's not given an actual name, but it's entirely organic.