My favoutite game of all time.
I can remember when it came out in the arcades and it was such a revelation to watch and play.
The sheer attention to detail and imagery have in my honest opionion never been equeled.
I liked it so much i bought the arcade pcb.
I also have it on the PC engine which is fed through a jammma interface on a 21" arcade machine.
There is a great IREM website that covers rtype etc.
I would really like to find out more about the programmers and there concepts at the time of its release but have had no luck yet.
Every part of every level is perfect,Right doen to the last detail and also it was one of the first games where you could actually take hits using the orb on the front of the ship.
I think it would have been great if a vershion came out on say the Playstation etc that acrried on the theme of the first game.
One level could be like the one in Gradius where the player has to negotiate the maze as the screen scrolls up and down,Add the weird architecture of level 1 rtype and it would be stunning.
The game could copy level 1 r-type and then carry on after the boss is destroyed in to the new game. :banana
Also it would be superb if IREM had released model kits of the rtype game.Imagine an R9 model fighter in your collection.
Rtype----A true example of sheer inspiration