- Genre: shooter
- Players: 1 or 2
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Sega
The very idea of space has always meant, among other things, a great freedom to travel about in any and every direction. Unfortunately, until recently this has not been an option in very many space games, especially ones with a first-person perspective. Shadow Squadron manages to defy the constraints of guided space travel with a first-person (or behind the ship) romp through open space. All the frustration of linear flight routes in games like Starblade or Cobra Command is gone and what's left is an invitation to fly about at will blasting pilot enemy ships both large and small.
Beyond the ability to fly wherever you choose there's not much else to this game by way of innovation, but there is a healthy measure of action, speed and challenge. The controls are extremely easy to master, and the choice of perspectives is a valuable and well-executed feature. However, Shadow Squadron falls tragically short in the sound department which seems tacked-on at a later stage in production. The background graphics share the same last-minute feel as the music, but the enemy ships and some of the explosions look pretty good. In the saturated genre of space shooters, Shadow Squadron has just enough innovation combined with solid game play to make it one to stand slightly taller than its competition. GP
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At first glance, Shadow Squadron looks like just another cockpit shooter. But its slick controls and superb graphics will keep sci-fi pilots re-enlisting for Squadron duty.
Fleets of alien spacecraft are invading (same story, new game). In a series of six missions, you must engage the enemy fighters and destroy large enemy ships.
You choose between the fast, maneuverable Feather 1 or the powerful Feather 2. In a one-player game, players have the choice of piloting or using the computer's autopilot -- a boring ride. In the two-player game, one player pilots while the other shoots.
- Attack large enemy ships from the rear and shoot the grey areas near the yellow exhaust ports. You'll destroy the ship with fewer shots, and you won't encounter as much enemy fire.
- In the second mission, quickly destroy the Accel Gate by shooting the dark grey squares on the outside of its thick center ring.
Great-looking polygon spacecraft steal the visual spotlight. Combining a variety of large enemies with smooth scrolling and scaling, Shadow Squadron provides a stimulating sci-fi environment.
Unfortunately, the sounds don't maintain the quality of the graphics. The laser and explosion effects are decent, but the music isn't even remotely inspiring.
- If you're a straight shooter, choose the Feather 2 because its laser destroys enemy fire. If you're a squirrelly pilot, choose the Feather 1 for its greater maneuverability.
Shadow Squadron gives you commanding control and a true sense of flying. A six- button controller enables you to rotate your ship for some fancy flying.
Fans of Star Wars Arcade will appreciate Shadow's better graphics and control. 32X owners should at least take this Squadron for a test flight.