Tyrian 2000

Tyrian 2000 is amazing SHMUP back from the 90’s. It is update of the original Tyrian game. And it’s probably better. As it has extra episode, new ships, and new weapons. And some bugs fixes. So it’s seems better over the original. There also 2 new super arcade modes which I never tried and have no idea what are they for. But it’s probably for those who play for hi-score.

The game is free of 1 hit death. Which is great for Guardian Legend fans. There is rechargeable shield. And armor. Once the shield gets empty the armor starts to reduce. Using weapons and shield depends on generator. So sometimes you need to stop shooting to let shield recharge faster. In order to use more heavy weapons and better shield you need to buy better generators.

There are tons of weapons and different ships. And all stuff can be upgraded! For this you need to collect currency that falls out of enemies.

There is story to read and additional info can be found in data cubes. I did not care much to read all that. But there are people who like this and it’s a great bonus for them.

There are a lot of types of enemies and obstacles. There are bosses as well.

Back then the game was not too hard to play on Hard difficulty. But I had good skill from beating many NES games. I don’t remember could I grind the cash to buy upgrades? But when I played the game back in 00’s it was not too hard. It had enough challenge however. And it’s quite fun Shoot ‘Em Up.

The graphics in the game looks beautiful even today. The game is way too good for a free one. It’s highly recommended.

You can get the game from many retro sites. For example from GOG.com. I think it is DOSbox assembly – https://www.gog.com/game/tyrian_2000
The game was made for DOS. So you need something like DOSbox or D-Fend Reloaded(which is a handy user interface and features for DOSbox) to play them.

Here some random video walkthrough on the normal difficulty. And below some screenshots from the game:

Tyrian 2000 screenshots!

Game similar to The Guardian Legend

Some people wonder. What are some games that are similar to?The Guardian Legend? So suddenly I discovered such game. It’s on FDS(Famicom Disc System) and it’s called – Akuu Senki RAIJIN. I would say it’s more similar to predecessor – Guardic. If you did not know The Guardian Legend is actually a sequel to Guardic. It even has a name like “Another Legend of Guardic” in manual. And some Japanese fan arts put ALG on their arts.

As I understood player can can decide to transform between mecha and starship. But it’s possible only on certain platforms. Player can fly in all 4 directions and walk also in 4 directions. So he can’t walk diagonally.

I do not know the details because I just discovered this game. I was browsing youtube for recent The Gaurdian Legend videos and luckily there was video “The Guardian Legend But Worse”. Sometimes people asking what are the games similar to?The Guardian Legend? So this might be really interesting as this game is similar to both TGL and Guardic(prequel of TGL).

I would say that the game looks nice. But the gameplay seems not really good. I also think that it would be hard to understand what to do in the game and how to progress. There is no map to help. Maybe there is some helpful manual comes with the disc? Necessary instructions often contained in manuals back then . Music is almost always the same and there is no boss theme when the bosses appear.

However the game doesn’t seem terribly bad. So that’s it, this is the similar game, please welcome –?Akuu Senki RAIJIN

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