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STRIKE GUNNER S.T.G
( Strike Gunner S.T.G / Super Strike Gunner )
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STRIKE GUNNER エス・ティー・ジー
©Athena Co.,Ltd.1992
Release: 1992-03-27 (¥8900)
Cartridge SHVC-SG
Shooter / Vertical

American Version
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Released in America as STRIKE GUNNER S.T.G
( SNS-SG-USA )

European Version
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Released in Europe as SUPER STRIKE GUNNER
( SNSP-SG-XXX )


Strike Gunner is a vertical shooter and adaptation of Tecmo's arcade game originally released in 1991. The action takes place in 2008, as an armada of enemy ships enter the Earth atmosphere and wreaks havoc on its path. Mark and Jane, two elite pilots, have been selected to save the day, and fly their fighter-jets deep behind enemy lines. But before diving into battle and fighting off endless waves of enemy fighters, the player must select a secondary weapon from a extensive list of fifteen : Shield Unit, Homing Missiles, Atomic Missiles, Laser Cannon and so forth. But they come with a twist, and the selected weapon can only be used once per level (as long as its energy bar is full), and another one must be selected for any upcoming level. This certainly adds a lot of strategy to the game, and the player must constantly decide which weapon to equip early in his mission, and which one to save for later stages. The main weapon, a simple vulcan-gun, can nevertheless be slowly upgraded during the game. Strike Gunner also includes a simultaneous two player option.
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Ok...here we go... Strike Gunner is kind of an old game released very early in the Super Famicom system life. The game looks rather nice though, and some sprites are very impressive, especially the bosses (some are much bigger than the screen area and very well drawn). Sadly stages are extremely long, so long, and so damn repetitive. The same waves of enemy ships show up again, and again, and the same backgrounds are used over and over. The endless forest from the first level is even reused for half of the length of the second stage! This is unfortunate because the weapon system is quite impressive with an impressive arsenal to choose from. This is a crying shame, Strike Gunner could have been an excellent shooter! I'm sure you are now looking at the screenshots and thinking - "What the hell is he talking about ? This game looks incredible !". But you will soon realize how wise and right I was.




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