Aleste on Sega Mark III

アレスタ Aleste on Sega Mark III is great SHMUP game from Compile. Aleste series remind of Zanac overall. This one also has some similarities with MUSHA on Sega Genesis.

It has similar powerup system with Zanac for special weapons. Tho in Zanac most of weapons are forever until you die. In Aleste they end over time. Upgrading the main weapon is like in MUSHA. Maybe MUSHA even based on this game?

Zanac and Aleste games has many familiar elements with The Guardian Legend. I love the final Round 6 that starts from 28:19 in the video below. It looks totally like Naju surface. Player also shoots out the panels and reveals the bio surface under them.

The game also goes under the name Power Strike on Sega Master System. And looks the same. They are probably identical. Tho who knows maybe there some differences(for example original is quite too hard would be a good idea to lower down the difficulty).

The MSX2 version came few months later after the Mark III. It has intro and a little bit more extra levels. However visually not as good. And MSX2 scrolling not that smooth. MSX2 version is also a bit easier. Which is good because the original from Mark III is quite difficult.

Here are some screenshots from the game:

So much like Naju surface!

The final boss 1st form is totally the Naju’s first boss. Defense system on landing the Naju:

The very first level background color is terribly bright. I think that was a bad decision to make this bright green ground:

Game has Zanac type of bosses:

Nice looking space station background with a rock surface:

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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!

Top Ten SHMUPs of All Time

By the preferences of Dude Quest.

A pretty sweet list of top ten SHMUPs of all time is actually are favorites by this guy. But the list is great for sure and it has the game by Compile mentioned. If you did not know Compile developed The Guardian Legend. That’s why there are some similarities in the Space Megaforce.

Don’t blame author too much for not including some powerfull titles that could beat some mentioned games ??

Space Megaforce/Super Aleste game

If you have an urge to play a game similar to The Guardian Legend. The chances you find something similar are about zero. However, the SHMUP part of the TGL have some similar games like Zanac, you probably know. The other one is Space Megaforce on SNES. It’s pretty fun and slightly reminds The Guardian Legend SHMUP mode. It reminds Zanac more but still has some vibes from TGL. So here is some review of Space Megaforce. Developed by the same company as The Guardian Legend – Compile. Might be a good idea to try it if you haven’t played!

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