1985-86 Classics - Section Z, Ghosts'n Goblins, Trojan, Legendary Wings, Side Arms Hyper Dyne, Gun Smoke
Some more titles have been added to the Capcom Arcade Cabinet, and here's a quick look at them:
One of the more fun titles, Section Z starts out with a cool little chime that sounds like something Mission Impossible game would have sounded in the 80s. It feels a bit like Hero on the Atari with its hero that uses a jetpack with fuel that makes up the time limit for a level. The gameplay is pretty basic, and it can be described best as a hybrid of a side scroller and a shooter. One button fires bullets that go straight ahead and bombs that go in a downward arc simultaneously, while the other button makes the character shoot in the other direction. The only thing that makes the game hard is the "one hit and you're dead" gameplay. Power-ups can be picked up to increase speed or the power of bullets, but the difference in power is almost trivial, and speed doesn't help out too much. The game can be powered through with the infinite continues given by default; extra lives come easy, and the game overall feels fair. Section Z is an interesting 80s title that's worth playing.
Ghosts 'n Goblins has to be the game that caused the fire that made Sweet Brown run out of her house and not even "grab her shoes or nothin' ". This game will just make one that mad; I almost wanted to throw my controller at something! One of the more infamous games of the bunch, this side scroller is pretty difficult, and that's even with the game allowing the player to take two hits before dying. While the game may feel unfair, the basic functions in the game feel pretty solid; it’s just that the levels have to be learned through trial and error before any real progress can be made. The first time I played, I didn't even hit the halfway mark in the first level before having lost 7 lives and needing to continue. The casual mode doesn't really make Ghosts'n Goblins that much easier either, because level 2 introduces walls that stop the player, but enemies can just walk through. Let's also mention that the game has to be completed twice before it is truly over!
Hard, but not as hard as Ghosts'n Goblins. Trojan's controls are weird, as jumping is done by pressing up on the D-pad, which may or may not work when you actually are attempting to just move. Other than moving, there's the ability to attack with your sword and guard with your shield. Enemies may attack high or low, and the game throws a lot to think about at a given moment, considering you have to think about guarding or attacking at whatever position and most times enemies are coming at you from all over. It feels like the gameplay in Trojan should be a bit slower.
Legendary Wings is a top-down scrolling shooter that turns into a side scroller at certain sections. Gameplay is pretty much what's expected from the era: pattern-based and with a few power-ups that increase firepower. Legendary Wings is one of the more interesting games out of the collection, and it's worth trying to power through it at least once on casual. It's also playable online in a two-player mode, making things a bit easier.
Side Arms Hyper Dyne
Side Arms Hyper Dyne is one of the better games of the bunch. Playable on normal, this is a side scrolling ship game where the player is given some pretty powerful weapons. There are multiple powerups available and the player can shoot a PowerUp to change what type it is, the best being one that shoots bullets in 8 directions. There's also a power up that causes another ship to come out and make attacks even more powerful in addition to giving the ability to sustain an extra hit before dying. In the two player mode this ability is allowed to be controlled by splitting the control of the combined ship between the players, with one firing and the other controlling navigation.
Gun Smoke has the feel of a top-down side-scroller, but with a character tethered to the ground. Set in the Wild West, this is extremely old school and not forgiving at all, even in casual mode. I could barely make to level 3 to see what the Ninja boss was like. There are power-ups available, but the controls are weird, having the player press a combination of buttons to fire in different directions. The sounds are a bit weird too; when getting the horse, galloping is just laid over the music, and it's distracting. Don't buy Gun Smoke alone, only in a bundle!
Overall, as said before, it's best to purchase these in the bundles available or even possibly waiting until May when the entire package will be available at a huge discount.
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