Out of curiosity: are there many spots where bombing yields a lot of points? One time when I used a bomb I noticed that my bullets were apparently hitting an invisible target for a massive boost in score, I'm sure there are lots of secrets in this game. I do know of the checkpoint with all the large blue aircrafts in stage 2, of course, I assume you try to squeeze as much score out of it as possible and then proceed through the rest of the game with your last life (at that point)? How does one achieve almost 2.8m points in this game (as per the WR)? It sure is interesting to ponder about the score potential in this game.
Yeah, lots of secret places to bomb.
I have not found out yet how to reach 2.8 Mill. I did a practice run with savestates in Mame and reached 1.8 Mill.
At the blue planes I can get close to 800k, then another 100k at the squirrels in stage 5.
Places to remember are:
Bomb first cliff on stage 1 to get 10k.
Checkpoint milk the blue planes in stage 2 to get around 800k. (Maybe more?)
Milk blue helis at stage 2 BOSS, especially good if at high rank.
Bomb crop circle in stage 4 for 10k.
Destroy the tank in stage 4 when it has crashed into the bank to get a full bomb. (MAX power up.)
Bomb first forest to the left in stage 5 to release the squirrels (Garegga flamingo style) bomb the squirrels with circle motion bombs to cash in.
In stage 5, when you have destroyed one wing on the big planes, wait for it to shoot the spread projectile, shoot the spread projectile before it detonates to get 10k. (Still testing this.)
Stage 5 boss, when it dies it fires a spread projectile, do the same as above.
...I think I am missing something in stage 3...
After 600k in score the rank in this game really shines.