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The Best shmups throughout the ages

Post by Randall Flagg » Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:25 pm

I thought it would be good to get everyones opinion on the best shmups through the ages / platforms.

1. Arcade - The Daddy. Space Invaders - The version with houses as shields.

2. BBC Micro - B - Moon Raider - A Scramble clone and Zalaga, a Galaga clone.

3. Arcade - Halleys Comet - In the local arcade there was numerous games, Afterburner, Gauntlet 2 - but the one that hooked me was Halleys comet, the best Shmup I've ever played. my best was over 15,000,000 and 50p would keep me going for a couple of hours.

4. R-Type - On the Amiga. This totally ruled.
Banshee AGA - Basically a rip-off of 1942 but with so many extras, what a top game!! Also there was another cool shmup with a button that changed the configuration of the guns to shoot through extra stuff you couldn't shoot through normally, you picked up numbered power ups, The Name anyone??

5. PSX - so many I can't list - Harmful Park, salamander deluxe, parodius deluxe, gradius, darius, R-Type Delta they're all good stuff.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:43 pm

The original Grid Runner on the VIc 20 (and maybe also the C64 version), and the sequel, Matrix. Pure, frenetic shoot 'em up madness, and still fantastic fun to this very day.
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Post by Randall Flagg » Thu Jan 19, 2006 7:46 pm

At the moment a wicked shmup is "Time Pilot".

Yep, Dated I Know. I remember this when it was in the arcades but am only just getting into it now. Top Game!!

Available on the PSX on Konami 80s Arcade Gallery.

It plays like Sinistar but with bi-planes and sh1t!
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Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:23 pm

Can't satand Space Invaders, it's dull as ditchwater...

Right then, Shmups, a subject very close to my heart.

Arcade
R-Type
Galaxian
Gyruss
ProGear
DanGun Feveron
Raiden
Radiant Silvergun
Hyper Duel
Pulstar
Blazing Star
Prehistoric Isle in 1930
Guwange
Nebulas Ray
Galaga 88
Pheonix
1943 Kai
Eco Fighters
Dimahoo
1944 Loopmaster
Aerofighters
Un Squadron
Batsugan
Gradius
Gradius ii
Salamander
Defender
Defender II
Don Pachi
dodon pachi
Gemii Wing
Side Arms
Silkworm
Slap Fight

and loads loads more
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Post by Crunchy » Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:29 pm

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Can't stand Space Invaders, it's dull as ditchwater...

a huge list of games


and loads loads more
Now that looks suspiciously like a mame custom folder. :wink:

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Re: The Best shmups throughout the ages

Post by sven » Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:26 am

Randall Flagg wrote:I thought it would be good to get everyones opinion on the best shmups through the ages / platforms.
Ok, I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but if pressed I'd say Forgotten Worlds. Now, I know it's not a typical R-Type schmup, but it's still within the genre, right?

Blood Money was also rather funny. At least I can still remember the intro music and the sampled speech (which admittedly was annoying as hell for anyone who didn't play the game).

This reminds me, in the late eighties or early nineties, I played a Forgotten Worlds clone in the arcades. It was japanese in style, with you controlling one of two girls. The landscape was city-like, with huge sprites and some pretty big explosions. I'd really like to play this again, but I have no idea what the name was. I don't think it appeared on any of the home computers/consoles.

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Post by stigodump » Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:40 am

PC Engine

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Post by Randall Flagg » Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:12 am

Hybris on the Amiga, Tip Top shmup!!
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Post by Hungry Horace » Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:50 am

I'll add a few to the mix.

Speccy Zynapse, by Hewson. Whilst many might choose Lightforce as the premier Speccy shmup, I found it a case of style over content. No attribuite clash, great. Where's the game? Zynapse was flashy, fast and slick, and intense enough on the later levels to keep you coming back to settle those score rivalries with friends.

Amiga Uridium 2. Not only for the sexy female sampled voice. One of the Amiga's finest shooters, and one that certainly took time to adjust to, but when you reached the zen state of unconsciously dodging, weaving and then pivoting 180 degrees to eradicate a wave of fighters, it was perfect. Shame about the annoying reactor sequences.

Hellfire (Toaplan, I think), arcade/Mega Drive. What could have been another generic horizontal shmup was enlivened by a superb firing dynamic in which the direction could be shifted between horizontal, vertical and diagonal. This was no gimmick, mastering this was essential, and some of the boss fights were ingeniously angled so that all firing ranges had to be utilised. The Mega Drive port was just accomplished as the arcade one.

Thunderforce IV, Mega Drive. Best of the series, and the best 'Drive shmup in my opinion. Fiercely difficult, but the option to choose which of the first four levels you started on was a real boon. Looks sublime even now, with incredible sprite handling and glorious parallax scrolling.
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Post by stigodump » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:04 am

Hungry Horace wrote: Thunderforce IV, Mega Drive. Best of the series, and the best 'Drive shmup in my opinion. Fiercely difficult, but the option to choose which of the first four levels you started on was a real boon. Looks sublime even now, with incredible sprite handling and glorious parallax scrolling.
I always preferred the third one. The graphics are a lot better on TFIV but I think the music is better in TFIII and most importantly the game structure seemed a lot tighter in TFIII.

That and I was crap at TFIV.

Never played TFV.

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Post by revgiblet » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:25 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote: Can't satand Space Invaders, it's dull as ditchwater...
SATAND? Satan? Satan and Space Invaders in the same sentence? I KNEW IT!!

I always knew that Space Invaders was evil. :twisted:

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Post by planetmatt » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:27 am

My favs:

Forgotten Worlds
Thunderforce IV
Rez
Slapshot
Raiden
Salamander
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Post by Randall Flagg » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:29 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Can't satand Space Invaders, it's dull as ditchwater...

Right then, Shmups, a subject very close to my heart.

Arcade
R-Type
Galaxian
Gyruss
ProGear
DanGun Feveron
Raiden
Radiant Silvergun
Hyper Duel
Pulstar
Blazing Star
Prehistoric Isle in 1930
Guwange
Nebulas Ray
Galaga 88
Pheonix
1943 Kai
Eco Fighters
Dimahoo
1944 Loopmaster
Aerofighters
Un Squadron
Batsugan
Gradius
Gradius ii
Salamander
Defender
Defender II
Don Pachi
dodon pachi
Gemii Wing
Side Arms
Silkworm
Slap Fight

and loads loads more
Can't satand Defender or Defender 2. They suck satans wang...
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Post by CraigGrannell » Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:08 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Right then, Shmups, a subject very close to my heart.
I'm surprised there's not a single Minter effort in that list.
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Post by kaiserpc » Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:15 am

my favs are:

Uridium
Slap Fight
IO
R-Type
Salamander

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