- Manufacturer: Konami
- Machine: PC Engine
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: 1992
- No. of Levels: 8
- Theme: Shooter
Blast Away The Evil... Penguins?
In this game, there is so much to talk about it is hard to decide where to begin. This is the first 8 Meg title for the PC, so you probably already know that it is phenomenal. Also, with a company like Konami creating it, this system has all ear marks of being a success. Parodius is the newest development in shooters, and it is hot stuff! With 8 Megs of pure power, limited flicker and no slowdown, this card goes where no other has gone before.
The game itself is a bundle of pure laughter for anyone who plays.
While most shooters have you decimate everything in your path, Konami has added a cute theme that takes you away from the norm. Additions, like missiles with feet, some scaling and rotation and a jolting ending will keep you on your toes.
For a great deal of enjoyment and challenge on the Turbo, pick up this Japanese title, if possible. From the bells to the tiny critters, it is cute fun.
Magic Bells Can Save The Day!
Silver Bells, Silver Bells! They give you the power of the wacky weapon that fires letters at your persistent enemy pests. Unless you read Japanese, you will have a hard time figuring out what your ship is saying!
The blue bell is a very powerful weapon, but it is only good for one screen of enemies. It makes a large flash that destroys everything, like the megacrush in Gradius.
The magic of the yellow bell is not used against the enemies. It gives you a certain point value, depending on the amount of bells you find in a particular level. Each time you find one, it will go up from 500 points, to 1000, 2500, 5000 and finally to 10,000 points.
Red bells are nifty things to have, especially when dealing with great numbers of small enemies. It puts up a laser barrier that lets no one pass, except you! It can sometimes defeat bosses if placed correctly.
The powerful green bell is the best to have. For 15 seconds, your ship will grow very large and be invincible to any attack. It can even pass through walls! Try getting this one whenever a bell appears. These weapons are very useful throughout the game.
The first level of the game is a real challenge. Fight your way through this seemingly peaceful level. It is calm until you get to the evil kitten airship! Then, meat the deadly Bird Boss that beckons you ever closer.
The name is misleading, because this level is not so fun. With enemies at every turn, and a mid-boss like this, you will barely make it out alive on this one. Just when you think it is all over, you come across this Boss!
The third level puts a land of ice cream and jellybeans in your path of fire. This is not as tough as it looks. There is no mid-boss to contend with, and the main Boss is a cinch. You should have no problem with this jolly candy-like level!
Level four is a mismatched bundle of strange creatures coming at you from every direction. It is not easy in here. The Boss fires at you quickly, and unexpectedly. Its weak point is the stomach. Fire at it as fast as you can!
Talk about a fix! This time around, you are sucked into a giant pinball game. Watch out for the flippers. Double fire or tail-gun is highly recommended. You will probably recognize the Boss from Gradius. Defeat it the same way.
The sixth level is a slow, but intense level. The music in this level is very soothing, but do not fall asleep yet. You still have to face the Graveyard on level seven, and the Superfortress on level eight! Good Luck!
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- Manufacturer: Konami
- Machine: Super Famicom
Konami is once again loading its guns with another title for the Super Famicom and it promises to be one insane journey of color, music and special effects! Parodius has already been converted to the original Famicom, the PC Engine and the Game-Boy. Now, with the power of the SF, a whole new realm is about to be explored!
Based on the Gradius series, Parodius takes the original idea and forms it into a ludicrous and extremely silly atmosphere! Now, instead of fighting intergalactic warships, you must go against swarms of penguins, blast through a jelly bean mountain, blow away some cosmic clowns, or even dash under the feet of a hip-swinging Las Vegas show girl! In addition, many classical tunes have been sampled from actual instruments!
Will it come to the U.S.? Konami doesn't know yet but we bet it will as every Super Famicom game they have made also appeared, sooner or later, on the American Super NES. They won't do wrong by choosing this great shooter!
- Manufacturer: Konami
Konami of Japan has released a new arcade Parodius. For those of you who don't know about Parodius (Shame on you!), here's a brief rundown of its history.
Intended as a parody of the Gradius series (Parody + Gradius = Parodius), Parodius first surfaced in Japan as kind of a joke. It appeared first on the old 8- Bit Famicom. Later, after picking-up popularity among shooter fans, it migrated to the Game Boy and then to the PC Engine. Finally, a couple of years ago, Konami released it for the Super Famicom.
Parodius is now considered a favorite among shooter fans worldwide because of its whimsical nature, astoundingly cool graphics and enemies, plus its ability to make us laugh aloud.
The arcade version of Parodius will, in all likelihood, not make it to America. It includes tons of new characters (including girls in scanty outfits who ride big missiles), tweaked graphics, and that freaky 50-foot-tall dancing girl who tries to stomp your fighter!
It's a shame that you have to see these pictures, because you'll probably never get a chance to play it. Maybe Konami will ... Nah, I doubt it!