Category Archives: shmup

#655 – Terra Cresta

                                                                                                      I’m tickled that Vic Tokai misspelled “century.”                                                                                                                                                                         Nothin’ better.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Vic Tokai DEVELOPER: Nihon Bussan GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: … Continue reading #655 – Terra Cresta

#609 – Starship Hector

                                             Hudson Soft put “HECTOR” in big, bold font so the kids would come runnin’                                                                          On the surface of an alien tongue. Mind the extravagant papillae.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Hudson GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: June 1990   For a game named after Hudson Soft’s fifty-eight year old … Continue reading #609 – Starship Hector

#569 – Silkworm

                                                                                                                                 The best tag-team shmup of its day.                                                                                                                                Calm before the inevitable crap storm.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: American Sammy GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: June 1990   Two questions you should ask yourself while engaging a shoot-em-up: 1) does it present a unique/interesting concept that enhances the … Continue reading #569 – Silkworm

#552 – Seicross

                        Seicross was originally called Sector Zone in the arcades. “Seicross” was obviously more marketable.                                                                                             Yes, this is the NES version, not the Commodore 64 port.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Nihon Bussan GENRE: Racing/shmup RELEASE DATE: October 1988   “Arcade Classic” the Seicross box claims in a bright … Continue reading #552 – Seicross