By: Tecno Soft Genre: Shooting Players: 1 Difficulty: Hard
Featured Version: NEC PC-88
Also Available For: NEC PC-98, NEC PC-6001 Mk II, Sharp X1, Sharp MZ-1500, Fujitsu FM-7
|Yes, this is the title screen in all its glory!|
Not only did playing this mysterious old game represent my very first experience of an NEC PC-88, but of any Japanese computer at all! So I had no idea what I should expect. If this game is anything to go by, first impressions of the PC-88 are that it's somewhat akin to our very own ZX Spectrum. Which is no bad thing. The title screen is very basic, featuring the title over a scrolling landscape from the game. In-game graphics, on the first stage at least, consist of blue and yellow monochrome, with a few extra colours used for smaller things like alien ships and bullets, but are nicely detailed and feature little in the way of clash.
Audio treats, however, are almost non-existent. A few little twinkle noises indicate explosions, and that's about it from what I saw (or heard). The game's antoganists are the same as in the subsequent games in the series, namely the evil ORN Empire. In this iteration, they have been up to no good building an asteroid fortress, the Dyradeizer, with which to oppose the heroic Galaxy Federation. It's your job to take a specially designed fighter, named the Fire Leo, and disable Dyradeizer's shield generators and destroy it. Sounds simple enough, right?
|The red objects are alien ships...|
|I think this is the Dyradeizer...|
The emphasis, as far as I played at least, is very much on the bombing of ground targets, the enemy ships buzzing around are seemingly there only to hinder your progress. When you first start playing, you'll likely lose a life for every target you destroy, but you'll soon develop a few techniques to prolong your game, although the fact that you start with ten lives doesn't hurt! It would be interesting to see the later levels, but judging by the difficulty increase between stages one and two alone, that seems unlikely for now! I'll keep trying though...
RKS Score: 6/10