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Super Star Soldier

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Released: 1990

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: PC Eng/Turbografx-16

Publisher: Hudson

Developer: Hudson

Submitted by: Anthony Staude

Original PC Engine game.

The aim of the game is to shoot everything, collect power-ups and defeat the end of level boss.

Super Star Soldier along with Gunhed and the rest of the Soldier series of the shooters are the best shooters on the PC Engine.

Super Star Soldier is a wonderful vertically scroll shooter, complete with fast and color graphics, sprites everywhere and more powerup options that you may want.

There are many combinations of  weapon options, too many to go into here. Some examples include the spreadshots, lightning and the rings of death. These can be combined with sidekicks or other defensive helpers which can shoot homing missiles, extra shots or provide defense by blocking  attacks from the sides.

Technically, it uses the PC Engines hardware perfectly. It may not have the most beautiful graphics but it's all very functional and adequate. The number of large sprites zipping smoothly and flicker free abouts is a testament to the PC Engine's superior sprite handling capabilities.

Sound and music are also excellent with many catchy tunes accompanying the on-screen action.

If you are a shooter fan, you must play this. If you are a PC Engine fan, you must play this. If you are both, then you are very lucky indeed.

Hail to one of the best shooters on any platform.