It'll take hours of play learning all the strategic moves essential for surviving the different problem areas, which is why the game is so damned addictive. You will need the old matchsticks to keep your eyes open through the too-short hours of night if you're going to get anywhere near level eight.
The thrills and spills of the coin-op have been successfully reproduced, and consequently the game is fiendishly addictive - there are huge rips in the office carpet where I was dragged away to write this review.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The superb Irem classic makes it onto the ST at last, but a little disappointingly. The graphics are colourful and the gameplay's good but it's just not as remarkable as you'd expect after seeing the excellent Speccy version. Still a great shoot-em-up though.
The Games Machine (UK)
R-Type shows what Software Studios can do when they get down to business. The inevitably jerky scrolling is present but sufficiently low-key to not be noticed. Each level and enemy sprite is attractively presented and remains faithful to its origins. Although the use of colours is not subtle, and there's an absence of colour in the scrolling background, the end result proves that even a highly graphic-intensive coin-op can be converted with considerable success.
Das Scrolling ruckt teilweise schlimm und
Sprites sind zu groß gezeichnet, so daß man bein, Ausweichen schnell auf Schwierigkeiten stößt. Manche Gegner kommen in merkwürdigen Kurven angezuckelt; die Obermonster sind härter zu knacken als bei den anderen Versionen. Außerdem muß jeder Level umständlich nachgeladen werden - das hätte man sicher vermeiden können. Trotzdem: Wer sich daran nicht stört, bekommt mit R-Type ein Ballerspiel
The Japanese PC Engine-version of R-Type was released as two separate games, R-Type I and R-Type II, with the former containing the first four stages and the latter the remaining four. This was presumably done because the whole game would not fit on one HuCard. The second of these cards has nothing do to with the real sequel R-Type II which has never been released for the PC Engine/TurboGrafx in any way. For the US TurboGrafx release they managed to fit the whole game on one HuCard so there it was simply called R-Type.
The game was later re-released (again only in Japan) as a PC Engine CD game called R-Type Complete CD which contained all of the stages, a new intro movie and improved music. Add
Did You Know?
In the Commodore 64 port: Stage 6, The Transport System, has been dropped completely and every stage after 3 has a very unfinished feel to it.
The final boss (in the stage with the flying green babies) is not finished making it pathetically easy to beat. It fires only one type of energy shot which flies in a horizontal line. The homing balls, energy blobs and flying babies are all missing.
There is no end sequence, neither on the version I bought running on a real C64 nor on the cracked version I ran on Winvice. The game just ... stops. Add
Did You Know?
The C64 version was coded by Manfred Trenz, which is ironic as he was behind the infamous R-Type clone Katakis. This was in fact Electric Dreams' second attempt at a C64 version of the game - the first (coded by David Jolliff and James Smart) was the one featured in a demo given away by C&VG. This appeared to be shaping up as a good conversion, although a bit slow, but it was taking too long, leading Electric Dreams to replace it with a quicker-to-finish version. Add