M.U.S.H.A. is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up by Compile and was released in 1990. It was released on the Genesis/Mega Drive in the US and Japan, but not Europe. It's part of Compile's Aleste series, and had a Spiritual Successor on the Sega CD, Robo Aleste.
M.U.S.H.A. is known for being pretty easy as far as shmups go and is a lot of fun. It's kind of a rarity now, and is a popular import title in Europe.
Tropes found in M.U.S.H.A.:
- Action Girl: Terri's one of the few legitimate heroines from the 16-bit era.
- Attack Drone: the Guardian.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: The soundtrack has a clear Thrash Metal influence, and is one of the most rocking uses of the console's soundchip.
- Classic Cheat Code: In 2019, the game's lead programmer revealed a cheat for swapping weapons with the second controller. Trouble is, to input the code the player must first reset the game at the Sega logo screen a hundred times.
- Continuing is Painful: It starts you in the beginning of the level with no extra weapons and a weak main weapon.
- Dub Name Change: Ellinor to Terri.
- Enfant Terrible: The apparent Big Bad, Ayanokouji, is a massive one of these (it's bigger than your mech!) encased in a purple orb.
- Fun with Acronyms: Metallic Uniframe Super Hybrid Armor. Not that it was called that in the original Japanese.
- Humongous Mecha: The player, the enemies, almost everything, really.
- Mecha Expansion Pack / Multiform Balance : the power-ups: Thunder, Water and fire.
- Recurring Boss: The black jet that transforms into a robot. He assaults you in almost every level. Which makes sense, since the robot is none other than main antagonist Daia 51.
- Red Shirt: Your four wingmen are taken out at the opening of the first level.
- Samus Is a Girl: By beating the game on Hard, you're shown a brief still of Terri recovering in a hospital, who is in fact female.