10 - Twin Cobra
9 - Wings of Wor
|sorry for the blurry screenshot, this boss moves around quickly!|
8 - Forgotten Worlds
7 - Gaiares
6 - Eliminate Down
5 - Fire Shark
4 - Gley Lancer
3 - Lightening Force (Thunder Force IV)
2 - M.U.S.H.A.
1 - Thunder Force III
The weapons give the player immense satisfaction, as you dole out over the top punishment to the enemies throughout the game. Couple them with the "claw" (options) and you got some screen-filling mayhem spewing from your ship.
The stage design incorporates the typical tropes of '90's video game design: snow stage, water stage, fire stage, land stage, space stage, etc. One of the things that sets this game apart is how well each stage is executed. The wavy fire background was mind-blowing for the time, and still holds up today. The currents pushing your ship around underwater make you respect the environment. Hidden power ups can be discovered by taking chances and piloting through dicey terrain and narrow crevices.
I can't think of many other games that pair the music so well with the stage, in fact, I can't think of many other games where I would want to listen to the sound test. It may be a bit on the easy side, but being a shooter wimp that's fine with me.
Trouble Shooter (Battle Mania)