here's the very third in the series - Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius
- or Chatting Parodius as its known to some. Why? Because of
a vocal chip in the SNES cart (or actual sound FX on the CD) which
produces inane banter from the game. So, whilst floating along the
game, you have some mad Japanese bloke blabbering in your earhole
about something totally irrelevant. But I digress...
only just got a hold of this, the third installment of the bonkers
parody series, in both ROM and cart form (yes, by some miracle or
other one of my contacts got me the actual cartridge =), and I'm telling
you, I haven't laughed or been so engrossed in a shmup for absolutely
ages. Not even R-Type Delta has pinned me so much. And why is this?
A really ancient game from Japan can grab me more than the latest
in the R-Type series? Well let me tell you right here!
As usual, the graphics are up to par with the series. Large breasted
anime girls (loads of them!) infest the game, you have your typical
penguin baddies here, there and everywhere (which reminds me, has
anyone played ParoWars? It's fucking mad!), and you got your staple
favourite characters. Vic Viper and Lord British are back, with their
friends the Octopii, the Pentarou and the Bees. They're joined by
a motley bunch of nutters with cats, fairies and my personal faves
- stickmen on paper aeroplanes - among others. The enemies are superbly
animated, and there are a load of regular faces with large Twinbee
pisstakes, Goemon and Ebisumaru make a cameo appearance, complete
with a friend from the first Mystical Ninja game. Even the panda returns
from the second Parodius game! Fantastic stuff...
Soundwise, the sound effects and music are fantastic, with loads of
booms and bleeps eminating from the speakers. The Jap bloke in the
background is dominating, but not intrusive, and even though I don't
understand Japanese, you can tell he's encouraging you. The music
is typical of Parodius, with remakes of disco and classical music,
and loads of hilarious tracks appearing here and there. A feast for
the ears, eh?
we know what it's like to look at it, and hear, but how does it PLAY?
Well, true to form, it plays like a DREAM. The characters control
easy, and they're not weighted down - unlike those shmups which impose
inertia onto your craft. Even though emulation isn't perfect and the
framerate does get a little erratic, you don't die unfairly, which
is great! Better than some games, eh?
Loads of secrets are to be found too, with little fairies appearing
out of the scenery when you shoot specific areas. And what happens
when you find all 70 (that's right - seventy!)? Don't ask me, I can
only find fifty-five...
Trust me, this game comes highly recommended. So nab it if you find
it on ANY format! You won't be disappointed...
the Cat - RATING - 9/10