A bizarre game to be sure, but a fun one nonetheless.
I first played this game at a family friend's house the day before my eleventh birthday. It's perhaps a little-known and sadly underrated space shooter. You play the role of Opa-Opa, a living spaceship. Your goal is to fight off the invading Menon army, which has laid claim to the Fanntasy Zone, one of the most beautiful solar systems in the galaxy. You start with two weapons, a simple laserbeam and a small bomb. You can, however, purchase upgrades for both from stores in each of the sevel main stages. These appear as giant bubbles that periodically fly across the top of the screen. If you shoot or touch these, you enter the shop and can use the money you collect from enemies to buy upgraded engines to increase your speed as well as more powerful weapons and even extra lives. These last will be particularly useful since one hit means instant deathh. Unfortunately however, the price of weapons and extra lives increases with each subsequent purchase, at least as far as the same shop goes. And extra ships experience the most drastic price increase out of all items. The price of engines remains fixed. Your goal in each of the seven main stages is to destroy the eight big ships. Fortunately those don't return if you lose a life. So if you destroy seven then accidentally get hit by an enemy, those seven will remain neutralized. Once all eight have been eliminated you'll move on to the stage's boss and must destroy it to move on to the next area. Once you finish the last of the seven main stages you'll have to fight off the seven main bosses again in quick succession. Only when they're eliminated do you face your final foe, whose identity may surprise you. All in all this is a fun game that may infuriate you at times because of its difficulty. The music is quite catchy, though one tune in particular may leave a painful ringing in your ears if you have your TV volume to high. But this is definitely a game feel is worthh adding to your NES collection. It's just a pity that it was never licensed by Nintendo and so its sequels never made it to the platform.
Reviewed by: Bryan Peterson from Twin Falls on 3/13/2013