GOD PANIC  (TEICHIKU)

SUPER CD-ROM 2 (JAPANESE VERSION)

Though most PC-ENGINE games have been produced by giant softhouses (Hudson Soft, NEC Avenue, Naxat Soft, Konami), there were also some tiny softhouses, which released only one or two titles each, and simply vanished after that. Teichiku is a good example, a little team which released this weird and cool shooter: God Panic.

Each detail on God Panic is a nice evidence that the game was produced by a small and ingenuous team, trying to have a place in the sun. It's also pretty clear that, because of it, God Panic was created with extreme good will.

 

About the game. In this shooter, you control some sort of... seal? It's hard to say, since the main character also looks like a big moustached man dressed with a nightgown!! Anyway, this weird "ship" must destroy its weird enemies (grandmas, countrymen, turbinated lions, among others) over mad background scenarios! Just as an example, there's a stage in which the entire background is a girl dressed only with a bikini! And what can be told about the bosses, like a hairy Kabuki character or a dirigible which throws pudding bombs and other tasty weapons? It's easy to realize that God Panic is, by far, one of the weirdest PC-ENGINE games!

 

The graphics are nice, yet extremely simple. In order to avoid some extra work when creating new stages (after the destruction of a big Bear King!!), Teichiku crew decided to repeat the same stages, with a completely changed color palette, new musics and evil enemies... it can be said that the first part of the game is related to good things, and the second part, to bad things. The gameplay is great and the musics are amazing. Among the most famous musical references, we can easily recognize "Also Sprach Zarathustra", from Richard Strauss, "Stairway to Heaven", from Led Zeppelin, e "Danger Zone", from Kenny Loggins!

  

God Panic could have been brilliant if created by a bigger company, but maybe it would have not become so cute. Kudos to Teichiku, which made a cool and extremely fun shooter!

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

71%

Playability

88%

Musics and Sound Effects

89%

Interest

84%

OVERALL

83%

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