Friday 25 August 2023

Parodius (NES review)

Developer: Konami
Publisher: Palcom Software
Released: 1992

Parodius is a horizontally-scrolling shooter that was only released in Europe and Japan.

+ Repeat play is warranted thanks to there being four distinct characters that each have unique power-up abilities.

+ Bells add a nice risk-reward element, as carefully changing them into different coloured power-ups requires dexterity.

+ Ability to morph into a giant ship and plough through enemies without taking damage is terrific and evens the playing field.

+ Includes multi-directional scrolling areas to spice things up, and the exclusive Carnival level has some fun ideas.

- There's a distracting amount of slowdown and sprite flicker that often obscures your vision of incoming bullets.

- Roulette item is a pain, as activating it can lead to powering down and slowly having to regain your abilities.

- While the bosses have great character art, they typically feature dull attack patterns and drawn-out battles.

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