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 Post subject: Shmup Related Questions That Don't Deserve a Thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:48 am 


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Proactively saving forum bandwidth since 2013.

Use this thread to post questions like this, or "I'm trying to remember the name of a game that had a spaceship in it", "How do I get to input my initials in Akai Katana" etc.
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One of my redneck not-good-at-describing-things family members claims to have seen a game similar in appearance and era to Galaga but involving upgrades that eventually made you the size of a boss. Does such a game actually exist *that was around that time* or are they getting Alzeimers?
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One of my redneck not-good-at-describing-things family members claims to have seen a game similar in appearance and era to Galaga but involving upgrades that eventually made you the size of a boss. Does such a game actually exist *that was around that time* or are they getting Alzeimers?


Slap Fight maybe?
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Isn't it Moon Cresta? :roll:
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I'll check those both out. And yes, it really was a serious question, so don't roll your eyes at me just cuz i dnt liv in da 80s bru.
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Good thread idea, I was actually going to make this myself after work :P
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We had a thread like this sometime last year. Shame cause no one used it and it died after 3 pages.
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We had a thread like this sometime last year. Shame cause no one used it and it died after 3 pages.


That's cos new members think their questions have never been asked before, and end up creating a thread.

If it doesn't work, no big deal, worth a go. ;)

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One of my redneck not-good-at-describing-things family members claims to have seen a game similar in appearance and era to Galaga but involving upgrades that eventually made you the size of a boss. Does such a game actually exist *that was around that time* or are they getting Alzeimers?
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May as well drop a shmup identification question in:

I'm trying to recall a shmup I played back in the early double-aughts - a circa-90s arcade vert involving what I recall were modern jets and helicopters or something to that effect, in a primarily techno-industrial setting (I don't recall seeing any greenery or even brownery in the stage backgrounds). Stage progression jumped between ridiculous numbers and I believe there was a fairly large variety of player ships available. That's all I can remember - does that ring any bells for anyone or has my memory decayed too far for the data to be useful?


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Speaking of Seibu SPI games, do you need to have a working battery on the motherboard to enter the test menu? I found a manual for my Viper Phase 1 board that talks about a test menu and the settings found there, however using a normal test button isn't working for me. There isn't a battery in it now so I probably can't save the settings anyway, so I'm wondering if that's the problem.
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I have a question about the way the older Gradius games (1-3 I guess?) handle rank, would that go here or does it deserve it's own thread?
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I have a question about the way the older Gradius games (1-3 I guess?) handle rank, would that go here or does it deserve it's own thread?


viewtopic.php?f=5&t=42968&p=867933 ?


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Did anyone ever figure out how to do that score glitch in the older version of ESPrade? I remember zlk was offering a bounty for whoever caught it on video.
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Zaarock wrote:
Squire Grooktook wrote:
I have a question about the way the older Gradius games (1-3 I guess?) handle rank, would that go here or does it deserve it's own thread?


viewtopic.php?f=5&t=42968&p=867933 ?


Well, my question is what Edmund asked, aka do Gradius 1 and 2 utilize the same system? Or are they different.

Also, does rank only reset on death, or does losing power ups lower rank. For example if I have 4 options and let the Option Stealer take them, will that decrease rank? Or if I lose my shield, will rank go back down?
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Rank is constantly calculated; losing powerups, or switching shot type, or what-have-you, will lower the rank.

I'd imagine Gradius 1 and 2 use a similar, if not the same, rank system.
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INTERESTING, thank you.
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Since this is here...

Can someone explain the differences between regions and/or versions of Lost/Forgotten Worlds? I've found references to a New/Old version of the Japanese release, and differences between the Lost and Forgotten Worlds releases. Supposedly one of them loops? Arcade version I guess, though if there's anything worth knowing about the console releases that would be good to know.
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What is wrong with the Thunder Dragon 2 announcer?


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Someone should actually attempt to answer BPzeBanshee's question though:

Thanks for the support, although I think I may be onto something with the Moon Cresta suggestion. Showed a video to her and she reckons that was about right except the name seemed off, "it was like, Galaxy something".

I thought maybe Galaxian but I'm pretty sure there's nothing like Moon Cresta's mechanics in Galaxian, and Galaga's twin-ship mechanic didn't really fit the description. Probably a messed up memory of all of the above and a point to support getting a brain scan sooner than later. :P
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What is wrong with the Thunder Dragon 2 announcer?


:lol:
Is that Namiki's voice?
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What is wrong with the Thunder Dragon 2 announcer?

Nothing! What is wrong with you :lol:
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What is wrong with the Thunder Dragon 2 announcer?

Nothing! What is wrong with you :lol:


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Jeneki wrote:
Speaking of Seibu SPI games, do you need to have a working battery on the motherboard to enter the test menu? I found a manual for my Viper Phase 1 board that talks about a test menu and the settings found there, however using a normal test button isn't working for me. There isn't a battery in it now so I probably can't save the settings anyway, so I'm wondering if that's the problem.


I had to install service button to my jamma connector in order to access test menu for this particular PCB, and my board also saves highscores. So I think you answered your own question.


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I think it's clear that Mars Matrix and Dodonpachi Daioujou used pre-rendered 3d graphics that were subsequently turned into low resolution sprites.

I'm a little unclear on Giga Wing 1 and regular Dodonpachi. The sprites look pretty detailed and glossy for hand drawn, but they don't quite have that pre-rendered 3d graphics look. Maybe it depends on which in-game sprites? The player ships in Giga Wing 1 don't look like hand drawn sprite art to me, but maybe I am just getting confused by the nonstandard sprite sizes of CPS2 games...


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DoDonPachi is almost exclusively (if not entirely), hand-drawn pixel art.

Giga Wing I believe is a mix of both.
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Why isn't Gaplus more popular than Galaga? I think it's way better.


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'I thought this up while I was stoned out of my mind but what if "Gradius" was actually supposed to be called "Gladius"? It would make sense because isn't there a sword in the medical symbol. The gradius ship is like a snake from that symbol, getting rid of the infecting bacterions. So it's like its also a sword from that symbol.

It's crazy but I thought this was the perfect thread to put this into.
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Why isn't Gaplus more popular than Galaga? I think it's way better.

It's the name. It sounds awful.
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