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R-Type is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up best known for its extremely tough and strategic gameplay. You control the R-9 spaceship as it launches a last-ditch effort to repel the evil Bydo empire.

The R-9 comes equipped as standard with a small gun which can only take down the smallest of enemies without firing several shots. By holding down the fire button, it can be loaded up so as to release a particularly large burst of energy, eliminating all but the strongest enemies in its path. From time to time, pods will come flying in your direction. Upon being shot, they release an upgrade. The first one will invariably be the one called "The Force", which is an awesome weapons pod that clings either to the front or the back of your ship, absorbing any enemy bullets or acting as a bumper with which you can fly head-on into them. You can also use it as an offensive weapon by firing it and pulling it back in.

 

Mastering the Force is vital to surviving in R-Type since it must be used both as protection against bullet clusters, as a remote-controlled cannon, and in order to clear the screen from numerous  obstacles. Other upgrades give you target-seeking missiles or a bigger main gun. Different gun types, differentiated by their color, serve different purposes. The blue one sends a huge laser beams bouncing across the screen (good for tunnels), the red one fires straight ahead, and the yellow one follows any walls it may encounter (good for artillery emplacements).

The stages of R-Type are designed in an organic style, certainly inspired by H. R. Giger's artwork for the Alien movies. When it came out, it was considered trendsetting since it broke off from the stereotypical sci-fi mold of other shoot 'em ups. In part, the levels themselves are your enemy, which is exemplified by the fourth, where creepy spider-like creatures weave webs that cover the screen and block your path or levels with intricate tunnel systems. Still, the levels are best handled with a combination of strategy and reflexes, without the memorization that is required of R-Type's contemporary rival, Gradius.

 

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 - Original AMIGA disk or

 - The Amiga disk and USB flashdrive with the WHDload version for use on THEA500 MINI (plug & play)

R-Type (Amiga Disk / A500 Mini USB)

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