In this top-down vertical scrolling arcade shooter player controls an assault plane on its way through mechanized army forces over the Chinese territory. The plane is armed with missiles, machine gun or laser. Machine gun is transformed into powerful laser, while holding 'machine gun' key down. Progressing from stage to stage, player should keep plane's pilot alive eliminating the enemies. Each hit will decrease plane's oil reserve, and plane will crash after it is completely exhausted. Some foes drop out missiles, oil cans, and laser power cells, and player may collect or shoot them to switch between the resources to collect.
The game is available for 1 or 2 players trying to complete their mission on the same screen in cooperative mode.
An okay top-down shooter from prolific Taiwanese developer SoftStar, Dawn Raiders takes place in a futuristic world where the Earth is rife with civil wars that broke out among warring clans. The game won't dislodge Tyrian or even Silpheed from their lofty pillars of classic games in the genre, but it does offer a few hours of good ol' shooting fun where blasting everyting in sight is the only thing you need to know about. The enemies are fairly typical and somewhat boring-- you'll meet fighter planes, ground defense, and all manners of nasty planes that shoot homing missiles. The end-level bosses, though, are much more creative and very difficult to destroy. Overall, Dawn Raiders may not knock anyone's socks off, but it is worth a few hours if you want to relieve some stress from the last few levels of Silpheed.
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