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Silpheed

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Released: 1993

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Sega CD/Mega CD

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Game Arts

Submitted by: Graeme Mason

Silpheed was a brilliant shoot 'em up for the Mega CD, one of the few games of the genre on that system.  Featuring some rather nifty graphics (polygons sprites over a prerendered but interactive background) the game was easy to get into and nightmarishly furious on occasions, but never less than fun with some nice explosions and other effects.  Like many mega-cd games, the soundtrack was also superb, with a few foot stomping tunes that still sound great today.

Overshadowed somewhat at the time by Starfox on the SNES, I still believe Silpheed is a superior shooter.