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R-Type (ZX Spectrum)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Overall MobyScore (11 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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93
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
I did have my doubts about the Spectrum version of R-Type, but Electric Dreams has coped admirably, and the end result is fantastic!
92
Retro Gamer
The game is slickly executed, with some really impressive graphics and compulsive gameplay. It’s leagues ahead of many other Spectrum shoot-em-ups of the time, and still as good as it ever was. This is an absolute must-play game, which nicely fits as the first entry to our hall of fame. Get on eBay and track down your copy now.
92
Crash!
So it's arrived. The Spectrum conversion of one of the arcade's best looking coin-ops. Well it was bound to be disappointment wasn't it? But wait a minute, what's this? Colourful, well-drawn sprites in an absolute orgy of violent action, that's what! Okay, so there's quite a bit of colour clash, and sometimes it's hard to see what's happening, but all the same R-Type is amazingly playable and deviously addictive. The stunning range of weapons featured on the coin-op is available here too, preserving the coin-op's strategic aspects. After collecting a few extra weapons, your ship becomes an absolute fortress of weaponry with heat-seeking rockets, lasers and plasma bolts. And believe me you need all the armaments you can get to combat the constant barrage of varied, multi-coloured enemies. As for the massive, end-of-level monsters... All these features go to make R-Type a truly excellent and challenging shoot-'em-up.
90
The Games Machine (UK)
Making excellent use of the host machine, this version is a sight to see with its incredible use of colour, minimal attribute clash, masses of aliens to blast and frantic gameplay. A small point for complaint is the slow scrolling - hardly noticeable as you are too busy killing and avoiding. This game blows away almost other shoot-'em-up on the Spectrum to date.