It's the not-so-far-off future humankind has fried planet Earth. The Earth Council's only hope is colonization of the asteroid belts between Mats and Jupiter. Unfortunately a mutant race of not-so-friendly half-organic, half-mechanical beings populates the asteroids. Their destruction is humankind's only chance.
Don't Get Too Hyper
Blast into HyperZone for eight levels of one player arcade style space shoot-em-up with a forward scrolling 3-D perspective a' la Space Harrier for the Genesis. Each of the eight areas is a different section of the asteroid belt, ranging from the Blast Furnace (a fiery man-made sun) to the Bio Plant (a secret genetic research lab).
Dodge the fire in Area 2's Blast Furnace by flying close to the ground and zig-zagging around the fireball columns.
Beginning in Area 4 different parts of the track end in surprise dead ends!
Each area is populated with different strange mutant creatures and played by unpredictable planetary phenomena such as electric fields. When you reach the end of the area you'll have to battle one of eight different mutant bosses before you can advance.
You won't have time to marvel at the weird inter-galactic scenery. Zipping across the landscape at speeds of up to 448 parsecs you pilot a space vehicle that flies between two mirror-image tracks and blasts away at all kinds of alien obstacles winging their way right at ya'. On-screen you view your ship's control panel and monitor, which you use to control speed, power, and your HyperBlast weapon.
As you accumulate points in true arcade style (blast or be blasted) you'll earn more powerful space vehicles with more sophisticated and deadly Hyper-Blast weapons.
- Hold down Button A to power up your HyperBlast weapon. It's most effective against clusters of alien creatures and end-of-area bosses. For example, nail this Area 3 boss with HyperBlast shots to make short work of it.
- The same point totals that upgrade your ship also give you a 1-Up- 30,000, 60,000, etc. Go Ahead, Make Your Day The concept is simple -- fast-paced, arcade-style space shootin' action, in combination with awesome 3-D graphics. It's a combo that works in HyperZone and it might just send you into orbit!
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Hyper Zone blasts you into the future where racing takes on a whole new meaning. As you wind your way down the various patterns that present themselves, open up with your firepower and clear a path of safety for your ship! Defeat the enemies and upgrade your vehicle as you prepare for the ultimate shoot-out on the futuristic roads of the Hyper Zone!
While the first impression you get from Hyper Zone is one of total awesomeness, the three-dimensional tunnel vision effects wears thin quickly. Peel the pretty oicture away and what you're left with is a repetitious fire-fignt with a lack of power-ups and fewer special features.
Hyper Zone has the looks and sounds of F-Zero, but the game play is extremely limited. You never turn left or right, the game is always straightforward and gets repetitive rather early. The graphics are cool, but there is just not enough game there to hold my interest.
This game was seriously influenced by other pseudo/fjrst person perspective shooters like Space Harrier. Despite this, HAL started with a unique setting for their blast-a-thon, but instead of taking the concept in a new direction, we get the same old thing. In the end I was Zoned out!
Hyper Zone has some cool looks to it, as well as nice sound, but the game play is just too repetitive. I really liked the execution and concept behind the cart but I was always hoping for more power-ups, more options and more game play. Good, but it could have been better.
- Levels: 8
- Theme: Shooter
- Difficulty: Average
- Players: 1
- Available: November 1991
The Lust Race!
The Earth has finally had its last days with the human race. Thanks to careless efforts of wasteful human beings, the Earth is now dying. Furthermore, we've also thrown our left over nuclear waste on the other planets, and from this we have inadvertently created a mutant race of dastardly cyborgs on the new planet we want to colonize. You are the pilot of a new type of ship which has been specially designed to eliminate the troublesome mutants.
There are a total of eight different areas to clean up. Depending on how good you are you can upgrade your attack cruiser, but in order to do that you must prove yourself by earning a certain number of points. Each ship has it's own firepower and as you get better ships, the weapons also improve. Watch out for dead ends and don't forget to recharge your ships energy on the special strips. Can you survive the madness of the Hyper Zone?
Being their first entry to the 16-bit realm, Hyper Zone is a forward scrolling shooter that is reminiscent of F-Zero. The Earth is being taken over by a race of specialized cybernetic mutants and they have spotted our planet as their new home!
HAL takes a different approach to the shooting theme with Hyper Zone. Hyper Zone is very similar to F-Zero utilizing the special graphics modes to produce a very intense effect. Unique and interesting.
Hot on the heels of Nintendo's futuristic SF racing game - F-Zero will be HAL's version Hyper Zone. Set in a first person perspective, you must pilot your rocket craft through long, winding courses while avoiding or destroying the enemy ships that appear on the screen. Kick in the Turbo boost but watch the temp gauge so you don't overheat!