R-TYPE COMPLETE CD (IREM)

 SUPER CD-ROM2 (JAPANESE VERSION)

Just like happenned with Raiden, R-TYPE was formerly released on Hu-Card format, but in a truly different way. In Japan, the game was released as two splitted cards: R-TYPE 1, with stages 1-4, and R-TYPE 2, with stages 5-8. In the US, the game was released in a single card, complete. Time has passed, and Irem decided to release in Japan R-TYPE Complete CD, exactly the very same Hu-Card game, but now complete (as it’s pretty clear on its name!), with Audio-CD soundtrack and lots of animated cinemas during the game.

 

R-TYPE is a famous horizontal shooter from Irem, and it had probably been released on almost every single videogame and computer system in the whole world, along with the arcades, of course. In this hard game, you control the R-9 ship, equipped with several items and guns gathered throughout the game, like missiles, lasers, speed, options and, also, some kind of “satellite” that can be attached back or in front of your ship, working as a shield.
 

Background graphics and sprites are good, and the colors are a little bit gaudy. The animated sequences tell us about the game plot but, as usual, they’re all in Japanese. It’s really hard to get the point, but we get used to such things on PC-ENGINE…it can’t really be faced as an issue. The musics got a techno ambience but they’re still good, though sometimes it is hard to recognize the original arcade tunes on them. The playability is still outstanding, but the game remains hard as ever.

  

It’s amazing to realize that the PC-ENGINE had the power to provide us a near perfect arcade conversion. R-TYPE Complete CD is a nice shooter, extremely hard and faithful to the original game, with some extra stuffs. If you enjoy hard challenges, you’ll certainly enjoy R-TYPE a lot.

 

Amon Guimarães

(English Version by Marcelo Reis)

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

83%

Playability

90%

Musics and Sound Effects

80%

Interest

87%

OVERALL

85%

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