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Paro Wars - PlayStation (1997)

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After creating a series of successful shoot-'em-ups, it seems odd that Konami would then make their final game in the series a war simulation game. Paro Wars is a turn-based strategy game that, as it turns out, as almost exactly like Military Madness (and even looks similar to that game's spiritual successor, Nintendo's Advance Wars.) You take control of one of eight factions - which include Hikaru and her bunny girls, Pentarou and his horde of penguins, Takosuke Jr. and his octopi friends, Michael and his pigs, and Koitsu's army of paper airplanes. Other choices include the pandas, the moais, and a set of business suit-clad dogs.

You're given a small map with limited resources - the object is to capture factories so you have the ability to make more units, which include a huge variety of tanks, planes and boats. Like Final Fantasy Tactics, the terrain is 3D modeled but the sprites are 2D. When you attack an opposing enemy, you get a goofy little (voiced) cutscene where your characters fight and taunt each other - they're pretty amusing, but can be skipped if you just want to play. There's even a cat who occasionally pops in to give some commentary on the battle situation. Below are some of the wackier characters.

For a game that seems this lighthearted, there's an incredible amount of depth. Not only do you create vehicles, but you also have a vast array of unique characters to command each unit - also with their own stats. Unfortunately, at this point it all becomes a little overwhelming. Throughout the game, there are over seventy units, and while some have wacky names like "Gaba Gaba Mk 3", "Go Go Saber" and "Mig-800DX!?", others have more generic titles like "Pu-25", "SM1573" and "T-Back 34/85". Even if you know some Japanese - and God help you if you try to go this one without any knowledge of it - keeping track of everything is just too much. It doesn't help that a learning curve is entirely nonexistant. Even the beginning battles will take quite a long to play through, and the enemy, even on the Easy difficult setting, is really quite brutal. Still, if you're a fan of strategy games and especially enjoy the Paro universe, you'll at least get a small kick out of this one.

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Gradius Parodies

Parodius - American Eagle

The level 2 boss of Parodius is almost exactly like the level 1 boss from Gradius 2 - it attacks with its feather and its laser beam. This boss is sometimes cited as the reason the original Parodius never came out in the USA.

Gradius 2 - Phoenix


Parodius - Volcanos

The exploding volcano was at the end of the first level in Gradius, and it reappears pretty often. The angry volcano in Parodius shoots out eggplant.

Gradius 3 - Volcanos


Gokujou Parodius - Bakery

In Gradius 3, you have to blast your way through an underground sand lair. Same deal in Gokujou Paro, except you're blasting through...a gigantic cookie or something.

Gradius 3 - Sand


Gokujou Parodius - Bakery Boss

As you can see, both bosses here have the same attack pattern. Except the Parodius one is attacking with bakery utensils.

Gradius 3 - Level 3 Boss


Parodius - Umbrella Demons

At the end of level 3 in Gradius 3, you face an annoying section where pods come out, circle the screen and attack. This is duplicated exactly in the original Parodius.

Gradius 3 - Umbrella-ish Things


Sexy Parodius - Sea Dragons

The gigantic sea dragons in the underwater level in Sexy Parodius are much like the fire dragons in the first level of Gradius 2.

Gradius 2 - Fire Dragons


Parodius - Vegas Dancer

The mechanical spider at the end of Gradius 2 moves exactly like the Vegas Dancer in the second level of Parodius (she also reappears in various forms in other games.)

Gradius 2 - Mechanical Spider


Parodius - Viva Core

The boss of the casino level in Parodius is modeled after the original battleship you face at the end of every stage in Gradius.

Gradius 2 - Level Boss


Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius - Schoolgirl Moais

There are a couple parodies of the Moai heads that appear in Gradius, but the most amusing is in Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius - where they are actually cardboard cutouts dressed with wigs from the girls of Tokimeki Memorial.

Gradius - Moai


Parodius - Intro

Gradius 3 begins with a short chronology of the series. Parodius skewers all of them, showing the game covers but making them ridiculous. Here, the dragon from Salamander gets burnt by the fire.

Gradius 3 - Intro


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