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Side Arms Hyper Dyne (TurboGrafx-16)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (8 votes) 3.8

The Press Says

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Video Game Den
All in all, I love Side Arms Hyper Dyne (no surprise here) and this conversion is perfect.
Insgesamt ist Side Arms ein wirklich gutes Shoot´em up mit nur wenigen Kritikpunkten. Die technische Umsetzung ist brillant, die hohe Geschwindigkeit weiß zu begeistern. Nur der zu hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad und die sich ständig wiederholenden Endgegner beeinträchtigen den Gesamteindruck.
The Video Game Critic
What makes Side Arms such a blast is your overwhelming firepower. You can switch between weapons on the pause screen, and each can be powered up to an impressive degree. The "transformation alpha" power-up temporarily turns you in a "mech" that fires in eight directions at once, and it's awesome while it lasts. Once you ramp up your firepower, you'll breeze through the first stage with no problem. When you die and lose your weapons however, it can be hard to return to your previous glory. The bosses are surprisingly easy to beat, especially that "wheel of fortune" thing. There are also a few off-beat bonus items like a strawberry and a cow. Sure, we take cow power-ups for granted now, but in 1989 they were quite the novelty. Side Arms is one of those guilty pleasures that's fun because you don't have to think too much.
Power Play
Herrlich schnelle Grafik und fetzige Musik zeichnen diese detailgenaue Umsetzung aus. Grafische Unterschiede zum Original-Spielautomaten muß man schon mit der Lupe suchen. Der “Zwei-Spieler-Gleichzeitig-Modus“ des Automaten fehlt aber. Und der macht nicht nur besonders viel Spaß, sondern ist fast lebensnotwendig, um bei Sidearms weit zu kommen. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist ab dem dritten Abschnitt so hoch, daß man alleine kaum eine Chance hat, wenn man einmal einen Treffer kassiert und damit das wuchtige Alpha-Extra verliert. Schade um die technische Qualität des Programms, aber die PC-Engine-Versionen der Action-Konkurrenten „Dragon Spirit“, „Tiger Heli“ und „R-Type“ machen mehr Spaß.