A cute parody.
I remember as a kid hanging out in Arcades. Tetris, assorted fighting games like Tekken and Street Fighter, House of the Dead. So many great and classic titles. There was one I recall as well, Gradious. Gradious was a side scrolling shooter that wasn’t a bull hell (bullet hell was imported in years later to America); it was more like clear the screen and avoid the many obstacles in your path. Everything was near shoot able and the bosses filed the screen complete with flashing weak points.
But just because everything was shoot able meant that the game was easy. Oh ho no. It was hard before Nintendo Hard became a house hold name. Forget walking out with a pile of quarters, but lucky you had any left for the bus ride home (or a phone call to your parents – back then we had no cell phones). That game was addictive though and fun.
So color me amazed to find years later after all the copy cats and redos of said game that the company itself that made this game Konami, made a parody version. It is a Japan!cute version of Gradious with odd and weird creatures shooting other odd creatures. You fly around as a pig shooting crying ducks, Octopi and any and all cartoony weirdness they game tosses at you.
But don’t fret – the game is still rather hard as the original with tight corners to escape with things shooting at you making navigating said corners hard. This game is one in a few Gradious parodies. Why Konami felt like doing so, I’m not sure.