Released in America as OPERATION LOGIC BOMB
( SNS-IY-USA )
Released in Europe as OPERATION LOGIC BOMB
( SNSP-IY-XXX )
Ikari no Yōsai is a top-down overhead shooter by Jaleco and features a
heavy armed warrior whose given task is to infiltrate a science
laboratory and to find out what happened there. The uninviting place is now
filled with legions of hostile aliens and odd-looking devices are
scattered around every corner of the sprawling station.
The player first comes equipped with
a single Vulcan gun and a triple direction laser, but more
sophisticated weaponry and items are later available such as
the flamethrower or the reflective laser. As the game progresses,
maps of the visited areas reveal their secrets and special booths
give the player some clues on what exactly happened in the station
(through simple animated cutscenes). But Ikari no Yōsai is more
than a simple overhead shooter, the game features many puzzled and some areas can
be only unlocked by using a specific weapon or item.
Ikari no Yōsai was also released for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1991 and a
sequel called Ikari no Yōsai 2 followed in 1992. Even if they were both
overhead action shooters produced by Jaleco, they do not seem entirely related to
the Super Famicom version tested here.
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Ikari no Yōsai is not an beathtaking title but it still has
its share of fun and unique ideas.
I personably like how the story unfolds as you progress
through the levels. Even the Japanese version is fairly easy to understand and
cutscenes are fully animated and do not use any text. The difficulty is well
balanced but later stages become quite challenging though,
with hidden switches that need to be triggered with the flamethrower or
the reflective laser. Graphics and sprites look decent, they are finely detailed and sharp but do not
look for anything amazing here - let's say they "get the job done".
All in all, Ikari no Yōsai offers much more than a simple and straight-forward 'shoot and blast',
and is a fun game to play overall.
I still wonder to this day why Ikari no Yōsai was named
Operation Logic Bomb in the United States and Europe though...