CHŌ JIKŪ YŌSAI MACROSS 2036
AKA: SUPER DIMENSION FORTRESS MACROSS 2036
超時空要塞マクロス2036

MAKER: NCS / MASAYA
RELEASE DATE: 3 APRIL 1992
STYLE: HORIZONTAL SHOOT 'EM UP
FORMAT: CD-ROM / SUPER CD-ROM
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Overview
Choosing to move on with a new story rather than that of the Macross anime, the creators of Macross 2036 brought in the original character designer, Haruhiko Mikimoto, for this horizontal shoot 'em up. The game features extensive anime sequences between levels to recreate the feeling of the show, and these are well drawn although quite heavy in dialogue. The gameplay itself is nothing new - you have a primary weapon and optional secondary weapon that is extra powerful, and you have to mow down the Zentradi forces in your Valkyrie (which only gets to transform at specific points). Power-up pods increase your firepower a little each time, while hidden Minmay heads give extra lives.

Comment
To the average player, Macross 2036 is a decent enough shoot ‘em up, but fans of the Macross series will get much more out of it. The soundtrack is excellent, with many key tunes reproduced here very well, and the action is good fun. My main gripe is the lack of variety though, with each level having the same background graphics repeating over and over, even if they are nice to look at. But there are a few nice touches, faithful sampled explosion effects and great visual scenes, so definitely check it out.
sunteam_paul

 

 

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