You are a member of the Federation of Space Loonies. Your task is to find the pieces of the fabled Golden Warpship that have been hidden across four solar systems by space pirates... or something.Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship was made by Rare in 1990. Despite having a major article in Nintendo Power volume 18 (and a Howard and Nester comic about it a couple issues later), the game did not get much praise. Or much attention at all for that matter. In fact, Rare had plans on porting the game to other systems, but the idea got scrapped late in the process due to low sales.The game itself is very well made, considering the technology of the day. The graphics are clear, the physics are quite accurate, and each planet is unique enough to keep the player from getting complacent.In essence, each planet is a small wide open sandbox, as you can go anywhere and do anything you wish, though the primary goal is the same: refuel your mothership, find the wormhole and retrieve a piece of the Golden Warpship. Anything else you do to gain an extra credit or two is completely optional, though that can be part of the fun sometimes (especially finding out what's inside that treasure chest you found).The list of planets and their given statistics are as follows:
Preludon: Gravity 8, Diameter 7
Mexomorf: Gravity 24, Diameter 31
Omebru: Gravity 16, Diameter 23
Corso Qwero: Gravity 8, Diameter 39
Bokky: Gravity 32, Diameter 29
Lemonte: Gravity 40, Diameter 47
Chorlton: Gravity 32, Diameter 35
Shishkebab: Gravity -24, Diameter 29
Zlaz Tordus: Gravity 24, Diameter 37
Shammy Gen: Gravity 24, Diameter 33
Shankoo: Gravity 56, Diameter 39
Miplezur: Gravity 72, Diameter 45
Urownd: Gravity 32, Diameter 31
This game provides examples of:
1-Up: Get 7 crystals in one sitting, and you get an extra life and 2000 extra credits.
Attack Drone: Since you never actually see any enemies outside of their ships (except for the final boss, if you count that), they may be this.
Bonus Stage: You enter one called the Cyberzone after you find a ship part, and a couple more in Preludon and Zlaz Tordus. In each, you could earn up to 2000 credits.
Collision Damage: Whenever you hit a wall/most enemies. The faster you/they go, the more fuel you lose.
Conveniently Close Planet: Averted, since most of the time, the mothership is out of fuel when you reach the planet and you travel through worm holes to get there.
Denial of Diagonal Attack: Averted. In fact, you can move and fire in any direction. Partially played straight after your pod blows up, as you can only fire left or right, but with no loss in mobility. All in all, this can be a welcome change of pace if you're used to playing other games from the time period.
Go for the Eye: The final boss has five of them. You must destroy them all.
Gravity Screw: The strength of gravity changes from planet to planet, which may take some getting used to. Also, Corso Qwero, Chorlton and Miplezur have areas of “water” where gravity is either negated or reversed. Not to mention Shishkebab, which has negative gravity throughout.
Gravity Sucks: Played straight and inverted with the super-gravity and anti-gravity mini-planets respectively.
Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: With the Italian Racing Jetpod, you can travel through warp zones. You maintain your speed throughout and most warp zones are next to walls.
No Plot? No Problem!: Without checking out varius online sources, you won't know exactly why you're collecting ship parts. I always thought I was just making the space equivalent of a hot-rod. Frankly, do you really need a reason to explore space and shoot at stuff?
Pinball Scoring: Mostly averted, though the gravity is displayed in multiples of 8.
Point of No Return/Continues: After you assemble the Golden Warpship, you are subject to a Gradius-style side-scrolling level. You have one shot at it. If you lose, you get the password for Miplezur. The fact that the final level is Nintendo Hard doesn't help. Possibly justified in that there is only one Golden Warpship.
Power-Up: Shields, boosters and navigators on planet surfaces, and a lot more at the Interstellar Marketing Co.
Punny Name: Preludon, among most other planet names.
Video Game Lives: 4 of them to start with, though you only lose them if you die in spaceman form. If you get to a spare jetpod laying about, to a wormhole back to the mothership, or back to the mothership itself, you're spared.
Warp Zone: There are three of them, but unless you're on a self-imposed challenge or something, only one is worth going after.