If you're a fan of shooters like Forgotten Worlds and R-Type, you MUST check out Trouble Shooter for the Genesis by Vic Tokai. This game not only delivers awesome shooting action, but you'll even score a few good yuks out of the humorous storyline that flows through the game.
Your heroes in this single player game are two woman warriors, Madison and Crystal, who must rescue young Prince Eldon from Blackball, a B-A-D man. You play Madison but you have limited control over Crystal -- as with R-Type's option satellites, she shadows every move you make.
This ammo-packed shooter consists of five Stages. The action scrolls horizontally and vertically in side- view perspective. You must blast your way through action- packed areas such as a shopping plaza, an underground hideout, and even around a huge spaceship (a'la R-Type) called "Colossus". Blackball forces are basically different types of robo-mechs led by four slick-looking stage-bosses.
Madison and Crystal fly through each stage and lay down some heavy-duty firepower. Madison fires her cannon ahead to the right, and you can make Crystal swing around to fire her weapon either left or right.
Don't worry about firepower. At the beginning of Stages 1-4, Madison can select special weapons which empower the team with awesome forces such as the Lightning Storm electric bolts, the Tidal Wave's vertical laser, the Blizzard's swirling energy field, and the Avalanche's concentrated wall of missiles. You can shoot Cargo Pods to release power-ups such as Firepower which increases your firing strength. There are also Speed Ups and Slow Downs to adjust your flying speed to match any obstacle.
No Trouble Here!
Even if you think there are too many Genesis shooters around make room for Trouble Shooter; it's superb! The brightly colored graphics are beautiful and painted in the style of Japanese cartoons. The digitized voices and sound effects are great. Every level is enhanced with multi-scrolling backgrounds and different soundtracks. The game also packs dynamic gameplay with the controlling of two characters by one player. Three difficulty settings keep the challenge at your level. Just remember: don't give up! There's a great surprise ending that's truly something worth Trouble Shooting for!
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- Manufacturer: Mega Drive
- Machine: Vic Tokai of Japan
One thing you don't see a lot of is a video game with a girl as the main character. Over the years one of the better ones called Trouble Shooter entered the market. This intense shooter has spawned a sequel that is as fast as the first, maybe more so!
Even though the main character is a girl, this game is not for wimps. Great shooter.
It seems that horizontal shooters now come a dime a dozen, but here is one with a noticeable twist. Two teenage girls are on a mission. Hired to rid the world of an evil robotic force, the two set out on their journey. You control both of the girls at the same time. One can turn and fire behind you to avoid those backstabbers. Great action!