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Video Game / Midnight Resistance

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Midnight Resistance is a side-scrolling action shooter produced by Data East in 1989. The game was first made for Arcade Game systems and then ported to various platforms in 1990. It is an instant fireworks show with a lot of fast-paced action, unique enemies and bosses. The original arcade version made used of a rotary joystick similar to its predecessor Heavy Barrel, allowing for separate controls for aiming and moving.

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  • Background Boss: The second boss, a squadron of fighter planes. They'll actually fly in formation in the background after every bombing run, although this only just shows to the player how many of them are left.
  • BFG: Quite impressive choice of ways to do damage. Absolutely necessary for boss levels.
  • Bittersweet Ending: If you don't have enough keys to rescue everyone.
  • Bullet Hell: Things can get real messy, not only on boss levels.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The default gun has an unlimited ammo.
  • Chain Reaction Destruction: How the bosses die.
  • Collision Damage: It gets crowded sometimes.
  • Continuing is Painful: You lose power-ups after death.
  • Degraded Boss: The first boss returns as a normal enemy as early as stage 2.
  • Difficulty by Region: Home computer versions sometimes look like totally different games.
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  • Disappears into Light: All mooks die this way.
  • Drop-In-Drop-Out Multiplayer: When two people play, it means more power-up keys and more enemies at the same time.
  • Golden Ending: If you rescue everyone.
  • IKEA Weaponry: Collect red keys on your way to upgrade to better weapons.
  • Kill It with Fire: The flamethrower weapon is the one.
  • Multiple Endings: The only difference being whichever relatives you rescue will be standing with you on the ending screen.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: Your character dies instantly when hit.
  • Sadistic Choice: If you have less than six keys when you reach the captured family members, you'll have to leave at least one behind to die.
  • Save the Princess: The Big Bad has kidnapped the protagonists' family members.
  • Shows Damage: As bosses take damage, they will gradually explode and gain smoking cracks.
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  • Smart Bomb: Powerful weapon, so use it sparingly.
  • A Winner Is You: The ending of the game is definitely it.
  • Wolfpack Boss: The second boss, a squadron of fighter jets that drop bombs on the player. They don't have too much health individually and appear one at a time (with maximum two on screen) attacking only once each run, but you have to take down ten of them.


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