AVENGER
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(c)1990 SIN NIHON LASER SOFT
(c)TELENET JAPAN
Release: 1990-12-7 (•6780)
CDRom≤ TJCD0011
Shooter / Vertical

Avenger is a vertical shooter by Telenet where the player takes control of a futuristic and hi-tech helicopter. The usual set of weapons are available, from Vulcan-gun to Laser, Homing Missiles and Directional Beams firing in the opposite direction the helicopter faces. A secondary and more destructive weapon allows the player to either destroy everything on screen or just clean up every single enemy's bullet in sight. Extra power-ups can be collected during the game, improving one of the weapon or increasing the stock of available lives. Avenger proposes a couple of originalities - First of all, the list of weapons to choose from increases as the game progresses. Secondly, and this feature will need sometime to get used to, the helicopter fires diagonally as it moves left or right. However, holding the second button will lock it in that direction. The game also branches out later in the game and the player can decide what mission to play next.
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First of all, you should know that Avenger was one of the first shooter to be released for the PC Engine CDRom system. For that reason, it wouldn't be fair to be completely cruel with it. It is an average shooter, I must confess, and it looks primitive and dated at first sight (...even at second sight...). The full screen illustrations displayed at the end of each stage are more than correct and some of the stages are very well designed - despite not showing anything exceptional and following a classic Sea-City-Canyon-BigSHip scenario. There is nothing bad to say about Avenger, really, except maybe for the super-bomb special effect which just forces the screen to flash ONE single time, and the poor in-game graphics. It is just an average but correct game, offering some nice surprises here and there, and some good shooting moments.




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