R*TYPE Part 2
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game HuCard
アールタイプII
©1988 Hudson Soft
Licensed From Irem Corp.
vol.9
Release : 1988-6-3 (¥4900)
HuCard (2 Mbits) HC63009
Shooter / Horizontal

R-Type 2 is a side scrolling shooter and is the conversion of Irem's arcade game originally released in 1987. The Bydo Empire, a mysterious alien civilization and life form, is about to take over the Earth and the solar system. The R-9 star fighter seems to be humanity's only hope against the invasion and the small ship is sent to stop the massive threat. The fighter can use an arsenal of weapons including a standard Vulcan gun and ballistic missiles. But the real super-weapon of the ship is the force - a glowing orb made from alien technology and its basic function it to float near the R-9 and to protect it. It can however be upgraded throughout the game or charged up to fire powerful blasts of energy. Another important feature of the Force is the way how it can be shot in whatever direction it's facing - this tactic is often necessary to take down the various bosses or simply wreak havoc to the Bydo Empire. Unlike the American edition of the game, R-Type was released in Japan on two HuCards and the version tested here only includes the last four stages from the arcade game (The Den, Transport System, A City in Decay and A Star Occupied by the Bydo Empire).
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R-TypePart-1 (Pce-Hu) R-TypeCompleteCD (Pce-SCRom²)
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A password is given to the player at the end of the game to start R*Type Part2 with all the weapons and powerups slowly accumulated in the first part. A second password, given at the end of the second game, can be entered in R*Type Part1 to access the second loop. The password menu can be accessed by pressing Select and Run on the title screen.


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Here is the password to start the game with all the weapons. At the title screen, press Select and Run to start the password menu. Then enter the following code :
EJK-3756-NI


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The PC Engine version of R*Type is magnificent and blows away any other home console conversions of the time. Thanks to the PC Engine's high resolution, the wide-screen display from of the original arcade game was beautifully ported to the tinny system. So why only 3 stars then ? This version only includes the first four stages from the arcade game and back in 1988 it would have costed you over ¥9800 to own the complete game ! A CD version called R*Type Complete CD was later released but I personnaly do not like the remixed audio track from it... you could go for the American version but the cover art is terrible. This conversion also suffers from bad and sometimes distracting flickering. All in all, this conversion is excellent but you only get half-a-game.




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