Parodius (Super Famicom)
This review originally
was presented on lazy.GEEKS (5/29/03)
off, this review will be short since I figure I have no reason
to either sell this game to you or keep you from buying it,
since you will not find it for sale and unless you do
emulators (I am not saying I condone or condemn emulators),
you will probably never see it. Anyways, this is a game
that came out for the Super Famicom (Japanese SNES) way back
in 1994. It is simply put, a clone of games such as
Gradius and R-Type...more important of the two is Gradius
since that was also from Konami and uses the same general
engine. In fact, Ultimate Parodius and the original
Parodius (another fun game) are parodies of Gradius.
In the game,
you can choose from many unusual "ship" types.
You can be a standard Gradius style space ship, a flying pig,
Goemon (or, as we in the U.S know him, the Star of Mystical
Ninja), or even a stick figure riding a paper airplane.
You get the standard power-ups ala Gradius (bombs, speed up,
shield, splitting your shots, or options), and each one
depends on your ship type for the actual affect.
Needless to say, look at some of the pictures to the right to
see what I mean.
A major part
of this game, being a parody, is the humor. By humor I
don't mean slap stick and formal jokes but rather that wacky
and often perverted method employed by some of the best animes
(like Ping Pong Club). This game is loaded with sexual
connotations in almost everything from the condom shaped
shield used by the stick figure man (look at the far right of
the second picture) to the jiggly mermaid boss that attacks
with her words (4th picture).
are nothing short of what you should have on a classic Super
Famicom shooter and the sounds are as insane as the visuals.
This game has no cut scenes and no special features, just
if you enjoy silly Japanese culture and humor issues as you'd
see in the recent release, Wario Ware, then you'd enjoy this.
Also, if you like good side scroller shooters, then this is
definitely for you. Even though the visuals are silly in
the cat submarines, the mermaids, the penguins, the attacking
with your words (that's what the third picture is about), at
heart this is a solid game using the Gradius engine in all the
I give this game a score of 8/10...a
game needs not make sense to be fun and addictive.