IMAGE FIGHT
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イメージファイト
©1989 Irem Corp.
Release: 1990-03-16 (¥6500)
Cartdridge IF-14
Shooter/vertical

American Version
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Released in America as
IMAGE FIGHT
( NES-F9-USA )

Image Fight is a vertical shooter by Irem and conversion of their own arcade game originally released in 1988. In the year 20xx, aliens from a distant galaxy have successfully destroyed our central computer on the moon and various other human military targets. Earth scientists decide to send their latest OF-1 space-fighter and their best pilots to counter the invasion. Image Fight, however, requires the player to first complete five Combat Simulation Stages before unlocking the last three Real Combat Stages. Beside, these real stages can only be accessed if the achievement rating is greater than 90% at the end of the simulation phase! The first major features of the game are flying pods that come in two different colors - red pods fire opposite to the way the ship is moving and blue pods only fire forward. The OF-1 can however only carry three pods at the same time and pressing the two buttons simultaneously throws them at the enemies for fairly heavy damage. Special weapon components can also be attached to the ship - they come in nine flavors such as Reflective Balls, Drilling Laser, V-Cannon, Rippling Laser and so forth. However, only one component can be equipped at the same time and the only way to install a new one is to receive a frontal hit.
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Image Fight (Pce-Hu) Image Fight 2 (Pce-SCDRom²)
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See Image Fight (Pce-Hu) for more information about the game series.

Teaser text from the American version:
Mankind struggles to survive! Without warning they came... And laid waste to the moon and man's bases on it. Ill-prepared and outgunned Earth scientists work feverishly to build a weapon to turn the tide. The "OF-1" is the ultimate fighter. Even as the crews prepare to fight, industrial and military space complexes disappear, one by one. Viewing screens, hooked to spy satellites, flash images of unidentified fighter attacks and a strange vegetation coiling itself around the moon's computer like a insidious serpent. Victory will come only to the worthy. Are you ?


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This Image Fight port for the Famicom is surprisingly really well done. The graphics are sharp and detailed (for 8-bit standards) and the gameplay is fast and flows together better than other shooters available for the system. My only problem with the game essentially boils down to some gameplay issues - flaws that I had already experienced while playing the original arcade game. The first and most frustrating one is the way how you can't pick up a different component weapon, you have to lose the one equipped by getting hit! No need to say that this particular maneuver is often lethal and it feels as an unnecessary burden to an already difficult game. Like R-Type, the game heavily relies on the player learning enemy patterns and safe-spots. Image Fight is a game with great potential but, perhaps in an attempt to be different, with heavy gameplay issues to address. Nonetheless, if you enjoyed the original arcade game then you'll certainly appreciate this Famicom port.




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