The Best shmups throughout the ages

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Post by necronom » Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:32 am

Randall Flagg wrote:Hybris on the Amiga, Tip Top shmup!!
That was one of the first good shoot-em-ups I had on my A500. I haven't played it for well over a decade! I must do something about that.

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Post by Kaede » Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:42 am

Radiant Silvergun
UN Squadron/Area88 (SNES version)
R-Type Delta
Thunderforce IV

The top three are pretty much all I play these days.

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Post by CraigGrannell » Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:49 am

In addition to the Minter ones I mentioned earlier:

P.O.D. — Shaun Southern's trippy classic (although it makes your eyes cry out in pain after a while);
Res — sublime, trippy "Space Harrier meets beatbox" greatness;
Defender — almost as frantic as Grid Runner, and just as playable;
Gyruss — one of the few shmups I just had to "finish", to see Earth;
Wizball — another trippy effort. Hmm, it seems there's a pattern here;
Galaga — it's a bit like Space Invaders, but not rubbish;
Tempest 2000 — Tempest squared;
Ikari Warriors — one of the first of the "thinking man's one-man-against-an-army" shoot 'em ups, although 8-bitter Who Dares Wins II was also in the same area;
Llamatron — fast, reaction-based shoot 'em up. With sheep. What's not to like?
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Post by Randall Flagg » Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:10 am

Xevious 3DG+ for PSX or Arcade. Total Madness
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Post by K-J N. » Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:52 am

Randall Flagg wrote: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!
It's also available on PS2 as part of the Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono series. I've got it.
Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono is a budget series from Hamster dedicated to direct ports of old arcade games. Each release only contains one game but the emulation is accurate and has lots of options, including TATE mode, screen zoom, memory card support, etc. To compensate for the single game (the disc looks like a 100 yen coin btw), each release also comes with the following stuff:

* A mini CD (looks like a vinyl record) with all the music and sound effects from the game (each sfx has it's own track on the cd) + a coupple of remixes.

* A mini DVD (looks like an old tape) with a super play movie, one of the music remixes with a visualizer style video and a trailer for the series.

* A trading card.

* A miniature strategy guide.

Also, the manual has several pictures of the original arcade board.

The series contains the following games: Scramble, Crazy Climber, Karate Michi (aka Karate Champ), Moon Cresta, Time Pilot, Sonic Wings, Burger Time, Super Volleyball, Terra Cresta, Yie Ar Kung Fu, Quarth and Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun (see Retro Gamer #20 ;)).

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Post by Get_in_Gear » Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:59 am

Hate to be boring, but R-Type still owns them all.

Other than that - Flying Shark, 1942, Salamander... pretty much everything everyone else has said...

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Post by LeeT » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:22 am

My all-time favourite series is Gradius/Nemesis - Excellent!

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Post by Randall Flagg » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:30 am

K-J N. wrote:

It's also available on PS2 as part of the Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono series. I've got it.
Excellent. It is a really cool shooter and well worth a revisit along with Time Pilot '84 and Sinistar

Also thought of SWIV on the Amiga. Nuva top shooter.
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Post by Smegaman » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:57 pm

I loved Tyrian which I think was by Epic Megagames before they were all about Unreal engines! Oh and Terminal Velocity by Apogee/3D Realms. They're my fave PC shooters anyway.

Psyvariar 2 is my fave on the DC and after them it's really SNES/Saturn stuff, Parodius, Gradius an the likes. In particular Pop 'n' Twinbee and Axelay.

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Post by beesty » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:18 pm

OK my shout now.
Terra Cresta
Space Invaders
Tempest X(on ps1)
Pre-Historic Isle
Twin Cobra
Flying Shark

And they r off the top off my head ,would probably think of more if my brain lets me
the c64 was king,and the speccy,and the amiga,and,,,,,ooh u know the rest

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Post by kavsy » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:22 pm

There's alot of titles there before i started gettin into games,but for me i think gynoug for the md was a top blast,and more recently ikaruga on the dc.Thinking back i do remember playing scramble and pheonix at my old yth club.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:50 pm

How about Xenon 1, The Ultra or Defence Force on the old Oric-1?

We can take the Oric overseas and bring in Fireflash and Styx from France.

Or we could go sideways a bit and bring in Mushroom Mania, the Oric Centipede clone that was the first game I bought on my own.

(I'll get this machine featured in the mag eventually ;) )
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Post by The Penultimate Ninja » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:38 pm

Dreamcast has quite a lot of fun shmups, although a lot of them were japanese only releases.

Gunbird 2 and Bangai-o are a couple of fun ones that are fairly easy to get hold of since they got PAL releases.

My all time favourite was Ikari Warriors in 2 player mode... friendly fire was never so much fun.

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Post by Sabreman » Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:15 pm

I looooove the shmups. Lots of quality games mentioned already, but I'd add Compile's greatest achievement to the list: Zanac Neo on the Playstation. Just so good.

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Doesn't get mentioned very often but..

Post by default_user » Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:44 pm

How about Parsec on the TI994/A? Probably the best game ever for that platform. It consumed many hours of my youth....

And just a quick 'off the top of my head' list in no particular order:

Defender (Arcade)
Xenon - Megablast (Amiga)
Border Down (Dreamcast)
Ikaruga (Dreamcast)
R-Type (Arcade)
Alpha Mission (Arcade)
Psyvariar (PS2)
Warhawk (Atari 800XL)
Drop Zone (Atari 800XL)
Blood Money (Atari ST)

I've played hundreds over the years but these just come to mind right now. Some of them I still play quite a lot....
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