Whatever you do, don't buy this game unless you possess an auto-fire joystick. I've just come fresh from a two-hour blasting session and I can hardly type, so you'll have to bear with me if a few mistakes pop up here and there.
After that rather sad little literary gag (if you can call it that). I suppose I'd better explain what the game is all about. Well, there's not much to tell really. I loaded it up for the first time, noted the original release date (1989. not exactly renowned for its classic games) and thought this was going to be yet another dubious budget re-release. How wrong can you be? Battle Squadron is by far the most satisfying out and out shoot-'em-up I've seen in a long while.
Take my word for it, gameplay-wise everything is outstanding. In fact, don't take my word for it - plug a joystick or mouse into the other port and play along with me because there's a simultaneous two-player mode. Note the way the ships handle - good isn't it? Release your special Nova missile and watch the awesome firepower waste those alien scumbags. Marvel at the crafty aliens, the brilliant attack waves and the amount of on-screen action. Don't nick that power-up, it's mine! Typical, invite a mate along and what do they do? Stop playing now or I'll tell my mum.
After all that excitement I think we deserve a rest. No, sod it. Battle Squadron is so addictive that you just can't stop playing and if you didn't have to be home by tea, we could play some more. You'll just have to buy your own copy.
This is a really good shoot 'em up, especially when played 2 player. You control a spaceship, which is flying across a planet and has to destroy everything in its path. There is even a slight storyline behind why you are actually doing it, and to do it is a very hard task indeed! You have to fly around shooting EVERYTHING that is shootable, and collect bonuses and powerups along the way. You can get various bullet types as well as various other things. The level structure for each game is also enjoyable. As far as I can remember, you have the main world which you travel around on the surface blowing the bajeepas out of everything, and then you have to go down these dark pits with big neon signs telling you what to do to go down them. The trouble is, when you are going down you have no defense for a short time so you have to time it right. When you descend into the underworld, you get to fly through the various scenes. There are some really nasty guys down there, so you best be good at the game! Each one of these underground levels has got a big bad boss guy to defeat, and after defeating all of these, you get to attack a final boss. That is the end of the game. It is quite short, but very hard to complete!
I remember I loved this game with its great intro music when it was loading and it was just really great... I look back on it now, and don't find it quite the game I once thought it was, but it is still extremely enjoyable! BLAST THEM ALL!!!
Battle Squadron. An arcade style game for one or two players. You fly your battleship through a high tec surface and your mission is to blast everybody. You can collect powerups to modify your weapons.
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