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Originating in the arcades, Side Arms is a horizontally scrolling shoot ‘em up in which you control Lieutenant Henry (a second player can control Sergeant Sanders in some versions), armed with crude weaponry and protective jump-suits. They must save the earth from the mercenary invaders of Bozon. You must first reach Bozon’s territories, then wipe out its forces hidden in caverns and lurking in underground seas, before destroying the main invasion ship. Lots of extra weapons can be picked up, often with similar tokens to those in 1943 and some other Capcom titles. Most weapons can be shot either to the left or the right, giving you more range to launch attacks.


Side Arms Hyper Dyne DOS Level 2: Strawberry and Pow.<br>
These "Pows" upgrade weaponry. That would be useful if this version allowed you to have any sort of gameplay.
Side Arms Hyper Dyne Arcade Level 2: Entering dangerous territories.<br>
The spread bolts are released independently from the chosen weapon.
Side Arms Hyper Dyne Arcade Level 5: Tight.<br>
Armadas, missiles, jumping walkers, narrow passages really make difficult the player's gaming here.
Side Arms Hyper Dyne ZX Spectrum Level 4: Starting point.<br>
Centipedes and jumping soldiers.

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Alternate Titles

  • "SideArms" -- Alternate spelling
  • "サイドアーム" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx-16 Apr 03, 2004 B+ 83
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1988 72 out of 100 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Sep, 1989 7.6 out of 12 63
ST Action Atari ST Sep, 1988 61 out of 100 61
Retro Archives TurboGrafx-16 Oct 06, 2019 12 out of 20 60
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 59 out of 100 59
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1989 53 out of 100 53
Commodore User Amiga Dec, 1988 52 out of 100 52
Retro Archives Amiga Oct 06, 2019 9.5 out of 20 48
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1988 3.8 out of 12 32


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