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A worthy conversion of a great game, later outclassed by similar titles Martin Smith (66826) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (24 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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100 (Oct, 2003)
Im Endeffekt kann ich nur sagen, dass R-Type in jede gut gepflegte Sammlung gehört, egal in welcher Form. Auch wenn der Schwierigkeitsgrad haarsträubend ist, kann das Spiel trotz seines hohen Alters immer wieder aufs Neue begeistern und beschämt noch so manch eine aktuelle Neuentwicklung.
Zzap! (Apr, 1989)
In the early 21st century, the people of Earth realised that they must preserve their planet. For many decades, they have been keeping the atmosphere clean, conserving fuels and maintaining a healthy environment. Unfortunately, when such a healthy planet exists, alien forces become jealous…
Arcade addicts may find the squat screen does marginally limit manoeuvring space, but the game's all the more challenging as a result of it. If fault can be found (and you'd be hard to pushed) then maybe the sound could have been better; as the tunes stand they are good but they don't push the Amiga. This is a superior and very slick blast-'em-up.
Power Play (Apr, 1989)
Die Amiga-Version von R-Type ist eine der heißesten Knallereien, die es je für Heimcomputer gab. Sie spielt sich so toll wie der Automat: nicht leicht, aber nie unfair. Mit Taktik, Training und einem guten Joystick kann man trotz des hohen Schwierigkeitsgrades weit kommen. Die farbenprächtigen Sprites flitzen geschmeidig über den Bildschirm, die aufpeitschenden Musikstücke klingen so gut, als wäre der Amiga ein leibhaftiger Spielautomat. Neben der Version für das Videospiel PC-Engine ist Amiga-R-Type die bislang beste Adaption des Automaten-Klassikers.
Amiga Computing (Aug, 1989)
Every court case has two winners – the solicitors. R-type is the result of another case where the losers won. Factor 5, a German software house wrote a scrolling shoot ‘em up called Katakis. Katakis looked too much like R-Type, a licence Activision guarded with zeal, as you would if you had paid Irem, the Japanese originators, lots and lots of Yen. US Gold had Katakis modified to look less like R-Type and called the result Denaris. So Factor 5 wrote two games which looked pretty similar. But the best was yet to come. Katakis was such a good R-Type rip-off that the Germans were chosen to produce the official version.
Amiga Joker (May, 1991)
Der beste Maßstab für die Qualität eines Klassiker ist ja die Anzahl seiner Nachahmer, und nicht umsonst erscheinen bis zum heutigen Tag immer wieder Clones der superben Ballerorgie. Mögen auch die meisten dieser „Neuauflagen“ nicht an die Qualität des Originals heranreichen, ein Actiongame ist auf alle Falle noch besser als R-Type: „R-Type II“. Hoffentlich findet auch der geniale Nachfolger nun bald seinen Weg von der Spielhalle zu unserer „Freundin“!
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Retro Archives (Jul 25, 2017)
Certes, on est toujours loin de la borne d’arcade, mais cette version de R-Type demeure très certainement le meilleur des portages sur ordinateur. On regrettera malgré tout qu’une partie des décors de fond du jeu ait été sacrifiée sans raison valable.
Commodore User (May, 1989)
Isn’t the software industry backward? You take the hottest home computer in the UK (PC Engine and 386 PC excluded), capable of beating the competitors hands down, and what happens? It takes months for software to appear on it. Take the case of R-Type. All these poor Amiga owners are sat about looking lost when the 64 owners are saying how bad R-Type is, and ST owners are sat about saying how bad R-Type is. Mr Commodore Amiga is sat there saying how he wishes R-Type would come out on the Amiga so he could say how bad it was… Now, months later, it has appeared and Mr Amiga can run out into the streets saying how good Amiga R-Type is, but nobody wants to listen. R-Type is old news. Everybody is talking about the Pamella Bordes licence now, and consequently he loses all his friends and starts listening to heavy metal, because he is no longer fit to join society.