look at this, another NES shooter. I don't know why, but I feel
the NES was the most passed over system for shooters. Not that Burai
Fighter fits into the "instant classic" category…..BF is almost
a mix between Forgotten Worlds and Thunderforce. The main game is
a side scrolling character shooter, with 9-directional control.
This means that you can shoot up, northeast, right, southeast, down,
etc. Spaced in with that is a boss round that plays like the overheads
on Thunderforce 2, where you have to hunt down the boss and destroy
it with a top camera viewpoint. While this is off the beaten shoot-em-up
track, overall BF isn't the greatest game. Lackluster graphics,
boring level designs, and what seems to be an overall lack of effort
on the designer's part make this game fall short.
are three different weapons: laser, ring, and missile. Each can
be powered up to about level four. In addition to these, collecting
gems adds to a power bar that will destroy all on screen enemies
when full. The game becomes very straightforward after that…find
the right angle and blow stuff up! BF allows for nice play control
when attacked from all sides. Just face the player in the right
direction, and hold down the fire button to "lock" into position.
Many guns are hidden in coves, forcing you to worm your shots in.
Bosses of these levels are fun to play, since you can attack from
any angle. Levels 3 and 6 are overhead, and each begins with a map
showing where you are relevant to the boss. Half the challenge is
finding him, since the background repeats infinitely in each direction.
This is VERY frustrating, because if you don't find the boss quickly,
you must die and view the map again.
will keep you entertained for a while….there are several difficulty
modes, and the latter ones get really insane. There are passwords
at the end of each level though. I even vaguely remember bonus sections
that were really hard to find, by pushing on certain openings in
the walls. And yes, this game's a one-hit-wonder (one hit kills
you…) I enjoyed this game as something new and refreshing, but after
you beat it, it's got a date with the shelf. There are only seven
levels, and the two overhead rounds go quickly if you know how to
do them, so this game seems pretty short. Music is just ok, but
the graphics are weak, and the colors don't seem to fit. Fans of
Forgotten Worlds should definitely try this one out though……