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a game by Irem Corp., and Bits Studios
Genres: Action, Shooting Games
Platforms: PC Engine, Sega Master SystemSega Master System, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 7.6/10, based on 8 reviews, 11 reviews are shown
User Rating: 7.6/10 - 5 votes
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See also: Retro Games, R-Type Games
  • Type: Action
  • Available: May 1992
  • Difficulty:Avg.

R-Type comes to the hand-held front lines on the Nintendo Gameboy! Journey through 6 intense levels and fight the highly detailed round bosses with firepower only expected to be found in R-Type! Grab floating and hidden power up options and take on the enemy armada. Go where no Gameboy has gone before and take a stand against the forces of evil in a showdown not to be missed!

People say:


All Gameboy owners should keep a eye out for this cart! Rarely does a Gameboy game capture my attention like this one does! Brilliant gameplay and graphics are featured in this hand-held shooter's dream. The control is responsive enough to make me feel I'm a part of the action!


There are few GameBoy games that I want to play but this is one of them! Unbelievable graphics for the GameBoy and likewise for the game play. It could be the best shooter for this format and even the sound was enjoyable. This is one cart that you should get!


Excellent! One of my favorite shooters is available on the go. While not as good as the Turbo Express the GameBoy does a great job of capturing the look and feel of this arcade classic. Terrific graphics, stereo sound, and great game play. I miss levels 4 and 5 from the original.


R-Type on the GameBoy! Impossible, you say? Hardly! This translation to a portable format left little missing. True, the game sounds and graphics aren't quite as nice (color would help), but for the GameBoy, it is a true masterpiece. All shooter fans will enjoy this cart.

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PC Engine

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Sega Master System

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

This classic Sega Master System hit is here for the TurboGrafx-16. The Bydo Empire is making a bid to take over the galaxy. As usual you've got to stop them! Pilot the newest galactic attack fighter, R-9, into a battle to the death with these menacing enemy forces. You've got space age weaponry including power-ups that let you increase speed, firepower, and also add droid ships to your arsenal. R-Type features some of the most fabulous outer space graphics you'll ever see!

  • Manufacturer: Sega
  • Machine: SMS

The programmers of this involved space game have embedded an egg that will let your character become invincible. Using two control pads and the power off, push D and R on the first controller and U and L on the second controller. While holding these down, power up and push the No. 1 button to start the game (you may need a friend to help you with all this button pushing).

  • Manufacturer: Sega
  • Machine: SMS

To hear the different sounds used in the game, roll the directional controller counter-clockwise at the continue screen, which will bring up a sound-test screen. Moving the controller left or right will scroll through the sounds' index numbers. Hit the control-pad button to start the sound.

There is also a method of upping the number of continues you can have. When your game ends and the continue screen starts counting down, rotate the directional controller clockwise. You'll hear the sound of the counter increasing, and you'll receive up to 12 continues.

The perennial favorite of game players everywhere! The side-scrolling shoot-em-up has never looked as good as it does on the Turbo, with all levels intact and graphics that will have you looking for a coin slot. A four-meg masterpiece that blows all other home versions away!

  • Machine: Gameboy
  • Levels: 6
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Available: May 1991


They came from an unknown galaxy light years away, wrecking havoc and chaos from star system to star system. Possessing incredible firepower and an alien armada that can obliterate an entire star cluster, the Bydo Empire is an evil force of destruction to be reckoned with. Now they've entered the Milky Way and are knocking on Earth's front door. The Earth Defense League is nearly helpless against this brutal onslaught of intergalactic terror, but there is a ray of hope left. Their weapons team has developed the ultimate in offensive laser weaponry code named: R-TYPE. A special prototype spacecraft dubbed the R-9 will be equipped with this extraordinary weapons system and piloted into the heart of the Bydo Empire. You are the one who must save the universe from this dreaded threat in this incredible arcade blast'em up.

The mega hit arcade game now goes portable with this excellent GB conversion! Little, other than color, has been lost in this translation as all of the power-ups and weapon choices remain intact as do the huge end of round bosses.

Irem is converting it's popular arcade classic to the GameBoy. Featuring 6 levels of great shooting, the mini cart loses very little in the translation. The huge bosses are here as are most of the enemy found in its arcade cousin. The power-ups and weapons remain pretty much the same and the game scrolls smoothly in the horizontal direction.

Now you can play one of the most popular shoot-em-ups of all time on the run! R-Type by IREM blast-ed through the arcades, the Sega Master System, and the TurboGrafx-16, and now it's invaded the Game Boy. This hot outer space shooter features five side-scrolling, fast-paced, action-packed levels where you man heavy-duty, high-tech artillery to battle a race of super mutants.

Just as in the other versions, you pilot the super starfighter called R-Type. Your mission is to destroy five giant supermutants including the final master monster, Bydo. Each level is overrun with weird creatures and mechanical traps that you must destroy to continue on ward. For assistance you'll need to pick up special weapons such as lasers, flame throwers, missiles, and more.

The Game Boy's compact size won't cramp your shooting style. The graphics stay true to those of the larger formats and they shine through the small screen. You even get the same music soundtracks.

R-Type is a challenging title that requires hours of play time, it's definitely no milkrun. If you're a Game Boy sharpshooter, you're the right type for R-Type.


  • Beating the huge spacecraft in Level 3 is tricky. Wait until its core stops firing, then position yourself directly in front of it for a sure victory!
  • Use your probe to defeat the super mutant at the end of Level 2. Just make sure your ship is safely out of the worm's path.

If you're wondering what ever became of the Bydo Empire... man, you are old-school! Scope out R-Type DX 'cuz the Bydo's went Game Boy on yah. Classic side-scrolling shooter action returns in two games, R-Type and R-Type II, both faithfully ported from the 8-bit originals. You'll pilot a deadly starfighter through thumb-blistering action against those icky, mecha-monstrosities of the evil Bydo. If you dig shooters, you may be the type for R-Type DX.

A popular arcade game, more so than a computer and video game, R-Type arrives on the Game Boy in fine form. Naturally, due to the small screen and lack of color, this version isn't as spectacular-looking as its predecessors. Yet in spite of these limitations it's still a good-looking game.

The goal is simple: Fly your spacecraft in a one-man assault against the evil BYDO Empire, and destroy the five warlords and their leader, El Supremo. In essence, it's the old, familiar "complete the level and kill the boss" game structure. In R-Type you see a side view of your ship moving through horizontally scrolling alien caverns and complexes. You dodge obstacles, shoot anything that moves (and a lot that doesn't) to stay alive and pick up power-up capsules to add to your speed and weaponry. The first and most important such power-up is the power pod, which you can use as a shield or a weapon, launching it away from you and then retrieving it as you wish. Other power-up items increase your ship's speed, give you a "plasmo" energy ball that destroys anything it touches, and so forth.

Enemies come in all shapes and sizes, from flying and walking menaces to locked-down gunnery positions. Destroying as many of these as you can as quickly as possible helps a lot because it's difficult to duck shots when they're coming at you from five or more directions at once. Most enemies can be dealt with rather easily, particularly if you let your laser build up to full power before loosing your shots. The "boss" creatures are more difficult, but each has a vulnerability you can exploit.

The "bosses" tend to be rather large and well-drawn and therefore the most impressive graphic items in the game.

There's not a lot more I can say about R-Type other than it seems like a faithful conversion of the original and plays well. If you like these kinds of scrolling shoot-'em-ups, you could do worse than give R-Type a look.

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