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Parodius (TurboGrafx-16)

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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 Title screen
Parodius TurboGrafx-16 In-between levels, you can shoot some easy enemies to power up
Parodius TurboGrafx-16 Picked up a megaphone
Parodius TurboGrafx-16 If you collect a green bell, you become large and invincible

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

Video Game Den Jul 16, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Joystick (French) Apr, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1992 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Megablast 1992 87 out of 100 87
GameFan Magazine Apr, 1993 85.75 out of 100 86

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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

Terok Nor (19024) added Parodius (TurboGrafx-16) on Jun 19, 2005
Other platforms contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1795), ^LutheR^ (115), 666gonzo666 (42692) and Terok Nor (19024)