Vist Genki!

Format: Arcade
From: Banpresto
Year of Release: 1993
Onscreen Language: Japanese

Super Dimension Fortress Macross II


A Shoot-em-up with a twist.

Unfortunately this one isn't as good as the previous attempt but it's still quite good fun. The game is a side on shoot-em-up but here the idea is to get a certain amount of points rather than to just blast through to the end of the level. This makes the game very difficult. 

You choose one or two players and then which route you will take. The three routes, beginner, medium and expert take place in different areas but use pretty much the same enemies. As you'd expect the score you have to reach is higher depending on the difficulty and the stage.

The actual game has power ups like any shooting game. There is one to transform you to a Gerwalk or Fighter and another that upgrades your missiles (either straight or heat seeking). But these play second to the score boosters which you must collect every single one of if you are to stand a chance of progressing. The graphics are quite good and the sound/music are taken from the series.

All in all Macross Two is enjoyable but the intense score booster grabbing means that it is more of a chore than a joy to play. Good fun (particularly in two player Vs) but very, very difficult to finish which is highly frustrating!!

Comments or suggestions?
Email Anime Video Games!