From your review, I take it that you deem everything better than Captain Tomaday.
It's one of those games that'll give you a new perspective on everything. Playing that game is like a near death experience. Every other game you play after that makes you appreciate the smallest things in every game.
Heck, I was recently learning a little game design and programming recently and made a simple shooter, then I thought to myself, "Hey, this is better than Captain Tomaday".
I like Alpha Mission II quite a lot. But coming to it for the first time in the 2000s my initial impressions were : it looked a bit basic (mainly the first level) and was clunky. Once I got into though I enjoyed it and I could see SNK had put a lot of thought into the game.
The Armor power-up system is over-complicated for an arcade game. Takes too much time to figure it out. You have to collect 3 pieces of the same Armor until you can add it to your ship. And it's very easy to miss parts or to collect the wrong pieces (which means you lose all pieces of your current Armor and have to start on a new one)
BUT once you figure that out it makes the game a lot more fun. e.g having the flame Armor on the huge spaceship on the 2nd level really makes it easy to destroy all the turrets quickly
A pretty good game but a little clunky (not that fluid feeling) by today's standards.
I recently speedran this www.twitch.tv/videos/1814415957 (along with Captain Tomaday; I liked them both). Alpha Mission II is fun but slow-paced. I dig the graphics and the various powerups. I am uploading the vid to my YouTube now.
boogiepop: A little belated, but congrats on the bonus, Miky!
Feb 29, 2024 13:02:59 GMT
tuxedomarty: So wait, they already gave a stand alone physical release to Final Vendetta, but now they are releasing it along with Xenocrisis and Battle Axe on a single game card when I already own one of these three titles on a stand alone game card??
Feb 27, 2024 3:19:25 GMT
Miky: Got a bonus at work! hoping to take my niece and nephew to the arcade this weekend.
Feb 23, 2024 18:34:09 GMT
Riko: Well done for winning in Thrash Rally Marty Has been a long time since I played that!
Feb 15, 2024 16:23:42 GMT
tuxedomarty: Thanks. I am feeling better for the time being.
Feb 15, 2024 10:20:51 GMT
iswy: Hey Tux hope you are now feeling good etc. I can relate somewhat... Had a surgery recently and still on recovery (though now at home, slightly better each day)
Feb 15, 2024 8:58:28 GMT
tuxedomarty: I got 1st in the second race too now, and I have been trying tor HOURS now to get first in the third race (Greece was it?) and I can't do it! I can't get any higher than second! Even studying the playthrough World of Longplays uploaded didn't help!
Feb 11, 2024 23:07:49 GMT
tuxedomarty: I finally got 1st in a race on Thrash Rally. This might be one of the most frustrating racing games ever seeing as you are not ranked by how many cars you are ahead of but how quickly you finish a race.
Feb 10, 2024 22:09:43 GMT
tuxedomarty: I didn't bring my Switch there because I don't feel safe bringing it there, instead I brought the barely functioning iPad which needs to be replaced. But I digress.
Feb 7, 2024 19:29:21 GMT
Riko: Get well soon Marty - Hope you still had access to your Switch while in hospital!
Feb 7, 2024 17:39:58 GMT
tuxedomarty: They kept me there longer than I needed to be (12 hours) doing the same tests and asking the same questions over and over again to the point that I got annoyed. I just wanted to get out of there as quickly as I could and wanted to relax when I got home.
Feb 7, 2024 16:06:04 GMT
pimsbury: Sorry to hear this Marty, I hope all will be well and it's nothing serious!
Feb 7, 2024 1:09:45 GMT
boogiepop: I'm very sorry to hear that, marty. I hope it's nothing and you're out of the hospital soon.
Feb 6, 2024 18:27:03 GMT
tuxedomarty: I am in the hospital again as I type this and I am told that I will need to stay for at least another 24 hours because of what they found in my blood work.
Feb 6, 2024 8:59:33 GMT
boogiepop: Thanks! I sure am too. ><
Feb 6, 2024 0:43:10 GMT
tuxedomarty: Glad you got it back!
Feb 5, 2024 19:57:37 GMT
boogiepop: This weekend I had the wonderful experience of losing my wallet on the subway. Thankfully, some kind soul gave it to the police, so, in the end, I only lost a bit of time and access to my credit card since I immediately cancelled it.
Feb 5, 2024 18:06:14 GMT
pimsbury: CHAT DAY WHOOT!
Feb 4, 2024 17:51:03 GMT
Riko: oh damm yes I almost forgot. It seems like too soon for chat. A month goes quickly!
Feb 4, 2024 17:39:41 GMT
NeoStrayCat: Hi NGF crew, its been a while, stuff happened, but hopefully I'll try to be active here and there again, lol.
Feb 4, 2024 16:37:37 GMT
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