MACROSS 2036 (NCS / BIG WEST)

 SUPER CD-ROM2 (JAPANESE VERSION)

Macross is, IMHO, the best anime fiction ever made. This saga resulted in many TV series, OVAS, movies and, of course, a lot of games released on many consoles and computer systems, like the MSX, Super Nes, NES, Playstation, Sega CD, X68000, besides the 2 released for our beloved PC-ENGINE: Macross Eternal Love Song (an adventure that we hadn’t be able to grab, yet), and Macross 2036, an outstanding shooter.

 

In this Big West game, you control a Valkyrie chaser and you have to fight against the gigantic Zentraedes. To do that, you’ll have access to a wide range of weapons, which can be changed at each stage. You can also grab items during the stages, like extra lives, capsules to increase your firepower and fields of force. A hint: extra lives and the fields of force just show themselves up if you hit them… so, keep your ship shooting all the time to find these hidden items. The capsules are within some enemies.

The soundtrack is entirely on Audio CD, with lots of original tunes from the anime…they are impeccable! Between the stages, there’s always a new animated sequence, telling what the game is all about… it’s a shame they’re all in Japanese and we can’t really understand too much of the plot! :) Background graphics and the characters are also perfectly done, playability is great (though the game is too damn easy). All this, added to TONS of different scrolls (parallax, dual-playfield, among others), give the game an outstanding final touch.

  

All these features make Macross 2036 a highly recommended game, a must-add to your PC-ENGINE collection, even if you don’t enjoy the anime a lot.

 

Amon Guimarăes

(English Translation by Marcelo Reis)

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

95%

Playability

90%

Musics and Sound Effects

100%

Interest

93%

OVERALL

94%

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