SPRIGGAN (COMPILE / NAXAT SOFT)

 CD-ROM 2 SYSTEM (JAPANESE VERSION)

IMHO, Spriggan is certainly the best shooter ever released for the PC-ENGINE. It's another masterpiece created by Compile geniuses and, though it's only a CD-ROM2 game, it can easily be compared to any good Super CD or Arcade Card game. To be honest, Spriggan is far superior than most of them, which proves that a powerful hardware is not a must to make an outstanding game...good will and sobriety are more important things in this case, things that PC game developers definitely don't have.

 

Back to Spriggan! This is a great shooter, with plenty of top-notch graphics and visual effects! It seems to be related to Aleste series (MSX, Game Gear, among others), and it's pretty similar to Megadrive's Aleste, another Compile creation and A.K.A. as MUSHA in the US. Giant well-produced sprites, outstanding background graphics...Spriggan is truly delightful! There are some little anime sequences between the stages and the opening sequence is, as usual, in Japanese. Spriggan has an astounding soundtrack and gorgeous sound effects. And, just like every Compile shooter, the gameplay is simply perfect and catching.

The game itself isn't very hard, but you can change the difficulty level. There are some spheres during the games that, combined, will give you dozens of different weapons (a good combination is two blue spheres and one yellow). Those spheres can also be used as superbombs. There's also a special kind of sphere which floats over the screen..this one will give you a force shield that protects your ship from one impact.

  

In short, Spriggan is an extremely addictive game, a high-quality one and, certainly, an essential choice to any shooter fan. A masterpiece.

 

Amon Guimar„es

(English Translation by Marcelo Reis) 

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

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