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Parodius

MobyRank MobyScore
SNES
87
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Sharp X68000
...
4.0
TurboGrafx-16
91
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Description

This is mostly the parody of Gradius (Nemesis on some systems), with some flavor from other shoot-em-ups, like Twinbee. The series is available on numerous platforms.

The game is a right-to-left scrolling shoot-em-up. You can choose from 4 different flying creatures, with different weapons. You must finish 7 stages, each having a boss at the end. You may start at either one, but must complete every level to advance to the final stage.

Screenshots

Parodius TurboGrafx-16 Shoot your way through these bubbles
Parodius NES It's seems Tako is working in the circus.
Parodius SNES Inside the bathhouse, penguins take their showers
Parodius Sharp X68000 What's there in the background, you ask? A parody of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" of course

Alternate Titles

  • "パロディウスだ! 神話からお笑いへ" -- Japanese SNES spelling
  • "Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy" -- European SNES title
  • "Parodius Da!" -- Alternate title
  • "Parodius 1" -- Informal title

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Sep, 1992 11 out of 12 92
1UP! SNES May 16, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Power Play SNES Sep, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Megablast TurboGrafx-16 1992 87 out of 100 87
N-Force SNES Sep, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun SNES Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Power Unlimited SNES Nov, 1993 8.2 out of 10 82
Nintendo Life SNES Aug 07, 2010 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Power Play Arcade Aug, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Video Game Den NES Jul 26, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Isn't the MSX version a different game? 2 Terok Nor (19024)
Nov 19, 2010

Trivia

European version

There are a few changes in the European SNES version:
  • During the intro, a cigarette was removed
  • In the Japanese version, the clown enemies in stage two have a Christian cross. This was changed to a wind-up key.
  • A background picture of a naked woman in level three, a parody of The Birth of Venus, was removed.
  • The licking animations of the stage three bosses were removed.
  • The bunny costumes and ears of female enemies in stage seven were removed.
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best SNES Game in 1992
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Handheld Game in 1992

Contributed to by J. Michael Bottorff (1795), ^LutheR^ (115), 666gonzo666 (42371) and Terok Nor (19024)