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Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:09 pm
by Smurph
thl wrote:Played on the Master System so often that my favourite vertical scrolling shoot em' ups are:

Action Fighter
Astro Warrior
Line of Fire
Power Strike
(aka Aleste)
Power Strike 2
Scramble Spirits
Thunderblade
Bomber Raid was a bit great too.

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:30 pm
by OldSkoolCoolFool
Xecutor for the spectrum.

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:36 pm
by jdanddiet
Emperor Fossil wrote:...jerky movement and unexciting gameplay?
correct-a-mundo that man

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:58 pm
by plumduff
From the good old c64, I would have to go with:

Lightforce
TerraCresta
...and I Ball

(there's a better choice of Horizontal ones for another time...)

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:31 pm
by markopoloman
TRAP. (C64)


Hard, yes.

Big sprites, yes.

Great gameplay, yes.

Awesome music, yes,




I like Trap :D

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:13 am
by mikeb
Been playing I-Ball on the C64 again. It's great - the weapons are marvellous and I love the quirky-ness of the game - it's pretty unique.

Never really got into Trap Marko but am willing to give it another go to see if I change my mind.

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:25 am
by sscott
playgeneration wrote:Caverns of Mars on the Atari 800
Caverns of Mars was a fun game but very difficult later on.

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:53 am
by Matt_B
Firetrack on the BBC Micro deserves a mention. Also, how about Starship Command? I guess you could just about class that as a vertical scroller.

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:36 am
by paranoid marvin
Warhawk on the a8 was a superb game - imho better than the C64 . unquestionably the music is best on A8

Lightforce on the Speccy was bloomin awful - the only thing that made it stand out was the colour scheme with no clash

SWIV on the 8 bits was highly over-rated , a dull and pretty boring game imho , nothing like the wonderful 16 bit versions (or the great 8 bit versions of the original)

Commando on the Speccy was a fantastic scrolling shooter , Super Cobra and ESB on the 2600 , Uridium on the C64 - and of course R-Type on the Speccy was the best horizontal shooter of them all

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:44 am
by psj3809
Flying Shark on the Speccy was superb, some great levels. Couldnt stand 1942 on the Speccy, Lightforce wasnt bad, great graphics but boring gameplay

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:57 am
by paranoid marvin
psj3809 wrote:Flying Shark on the Speccy was superb, some great levels. Couldnt stand 1942 on the Speccy, Lightforce wasnt bad, great graphics but boring gameplay

Which surely does make it a bad game? :wink:

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:39 am
by Matt_B
paranoid marvin wrote:
psj3809 wrote:Flying Shark on the Speccy was superb, some great levels. Couldnt stand 1942 on the Speccy, Lightforce wasnt bad, great graphics but boring gameplay

Which surely does make it a bad game? :wink:
Not necessarily. All twitch games eventually get boring, but that doesn't mean that they're all equally crap.

I actually quite like playing Light Force for what it's worth. It is a game that needs to be learned rather than one that you can play entirely by the seat of your pants though.

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:20 pm
by Joppers
Recca Summer Carnival 92 on the Famicom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t_Ve4Ljs8I

More sprites than I've ever seen in a Famicom game before, and a crazy techno soundtrack. This one will cost upwards of £150 for a complete boxed copy!

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:14 am
by Seadog74
Mission Genocide on the cpc for me. Super smooth tho not that exciting.

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:44 pm
by me316
R type on the Pc engine. 8)