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Mars Matrix

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Mars Matrix is a top-down vertical scrolling shoot-em-up (shmup) game, originally for the Capcom CPS-2 arcade board. It is the second in a series of three Capcom/Takumi shmups, between Giga Wing and Giga Wing 2.

Mars Matrix features unique gameplay based on the "mosquito" system. By holding down the fire button, your ship can absorb shots and then "spit' them back at the enemies. Additionally, each destroyed enemy (and reflected shot) releases experience cubes of various values, which can multiplied by chaining. This experience is used to power-up your ship, and also acts as a multiplier for your score.

The Dreamcast port also includes some extra features that can be unlocked by accumulating points in the game. These features include replay videos, an image gallery, a score attack mode for perfecting individual levels, and even a complete extra game mode with a new enemy sequence.


Mars Matrix Arcade Bullet hell
Mars Matrix Arcade Collect gold squares
Mars Matrix Arcade Explosion
Mars Matrix Arcade swarm of bullets

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Defunct Games Dreamcast Mar 04, 2007 88 out of 100 88
IGN Dreamcast Apr 30, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Da Gameboyz Dreamcast 2001 8.25 out of 10 82
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast May 03, 2001 8 out of 10 80
IGN Dreamcast Nov 13, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Dreamcast Jun 01, 2001 B 75
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Jun 22, 2007 B 75
Official Dreamcast Magazine (U.S.) Dreamcast Mar, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Bordersdown Dreamcast 2002 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Dreamcast Mar 30, 2001 6.9 out of 10 69


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