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R-Type

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About the Bosses
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About the Bosses

One of the most prominent bosses in R-Type has been the Dobkeratops, also known as the Doppelganger. Not only has it appeared on nearly every cover to nearly every port of the original R-Type, but it's also appeared in nearly every R-Type game ever made. It's odd that something so fierce was used as the first level boss (at least, in the first R-Type) and is actually pretty easy to beat, but it still looks pretty fearsome. R-Type also started the trend of devoting an entire stage to taking out a single battleship, piece by piece. R-Type II actually has you take out a whole fleet of them, and R-Type Delta puts you up against a giant walking tank, similar to the AT-ATs in Empire Strikes Back. Below is nearly every incarnation the delightful Dobkeratops, along with some of the cooler bosses and giant ship battles in the R-Type saga.

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R-Type Clones and other side-games:

Katakis / Denaris - Commodore 64, Amiga (1988)

European Commodore 64 Cover

The developers at Factor 5 were apparently such huge fans of R-Type that they ripped off the game entirely and made their own for the Commodore 64. Thus they created Katakis, named after a random Greek name they found in the phone book. While the game is obviously quite dated now, it was well known to be an excellent shooter back the day, including random aspects from other popular games like the bosses from Gradius.

Eventually Irem took notice and actually took legal action against them, forcing them to remove it from the market in some parts of the world. In response, Factor 5 changed some of the graphics and re-released the game as Denaris. These same developers were recruited to make the Commodore 64 version of R-Type, which is mostly regarded as being inferior to Katakis. A version of the game was later made for the Amigam but it's almost entirely different.

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Katakis (Commodore 64)

Katakis (Commodore 64)


Magic Dragon - Famicom (1994?)

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God bless the world of Famicom pirates. How else could you get 8-bit versions of Sonic the Hedgehog or Final Fantasy X or even Titanic: The Video Game? Even though most Chinese hackers tend to make games based off popular licensed (or porn games), this particular one - called Magic Dragon - is basically a ripoff of R-Type. The level design is exactly the same, although some of the graphics have been changed so the plagiarism isn't quite so obvious. Some of it is really bad - the second level looks like it's a salad, with lobsters jumping out of it. There's ton of flickering, and the whole thing looks remarkably ugly ugly. Your ship doesn't even look like a dragon! In general, it mostly plays okay, except for some glitchiness in the fourth stage. In fact, it doesn't seem like it's possible to beat - I hit an invisible wall every time at a certain point and die. Maybe they just didn't complete the game beyond that point? Who knows.

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Magic Dragon (Famicom)


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Armed Police Unit Gallop (アームドポリスユニットギャロップ) - Arcade (1991)

Japanese Arcade Flyer

Armed Police Unit Gallop isn't technically an R-Type game, but it does fit somewhere (loosely) in Irem's timeline, and its ship makes an appearance in R-Type Final. At any rate, Armed Police Unit Gallop is one of Irem's most unpopular shooters. Graphically, it's easily comparable to R-Type II, with the same dingy yet extremely detailed mechanical visuals. Thematically, it's a bit different from your average shooter. You play as the Armed Police Unit Gallop, which is out on the streets chasing and taking down "mad cars", dangerous war vehicles that are terrorizing the city. The premise sounds promising at first, as it sounds like a Chase H.Q. / R-Type hybrid. But high speed scrolling and a ticking timer don't make a chase, and it doesn't hide the fact that you are playing a game that seems to have been put together with rejected R-Type sprites.

In addition to your standard weapon, you get a side weapon that shoots together with your main one, which can be a ground bomb, a straight shooting missile, or a ground-based torpedo. There's also a homing laser that locks to the nearest unlucky vessel and does some nice drilling damage on its armor. This laser will run out when the gauge at the bottom of the screen is depleted, and has two levels to upgrade to for more power.

At least Armed Police Unit Gallop isn't nearly as hard as R-Type II. We must also thank the programmers for not killing you when you hit a wall. Armed Police Unit Gallop is fine when you start playing it and a lot of fun frying your enemies with the laser, but the game just doesn't deliver in the long run. It's just as frustrating as the R-Type games, but the designs aren't nearly as interesting, and the levels are a bit dull. Perhaps as a result, Armed Police Unit Gallop was never ported anywhere, which could account for its obscurity.

Read the article for Irem Post-Apocalyptic Games, featuring Armed Police Unit Gallop, here.

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Armored Police Unit Gallop (Arcade)

Armored Police Unit Gallop (Arcade)

Armored Police Unit Gallop (Arcade)


Pulstar (パルスター) - Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD (1995)

Japanese Neo Geo Cover

The Neo Geo shooter Pulstar doesn't just pay homage to R-Type - it directly lifts both the look and the feel of the series. But if you're going to clone something, at least clone the best, and SNK did it justice. The major gameplay difference is that while you have an invincible orb attached to the front of your ship, you can't detach it, but otherwise plays very similar, right down to the weapons. Naturally, since this was on the graphics-heavy Neo Geo, the visuals were quite amazing, using prerendered CG sprites and other bits of wizardry to make everything look awesome. Sadly, it was never ported to any system, although it was released in Japan for the Neo Geo CD.

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Pulstar (Neo Geo)

Pulstar (Neo Geo)


R-Type (Arcade)

One of the big graphical highlights of the first stage of R-Type are those huge robotic pincers - enough of a landmark that they were on the cover of the American TurboGrafx-16 box, and used in the screenshot comparison way above. It's always been a little bit disappointing that they were stationary. Pulstar fixes that by featuring nearly the same exact design - except these will open and shut, causing you some unpleasantness if you're not careful.

Pulstar (Neo Geo)

Pulstar (Neo Geo)

Where the R-Type games stuck you in a role of a faceless pilot (not counting the terrible artwork in the R-Type Complete CD), Pulstar put you in command of a green-haired anime girl, who also made an appearance in Blazing Star. The most heart wrenching moment is the continue scene, where the computer begs her to "wake up". Continuing will magically revive her.

Pulstar (Neo Geo)


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Dragon Breed (ドラゴンブリード) - Arcade, Amiga, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Windows (1990)

Japanese Arcade Flyer

Amstrad Cover

Dragon Breed is another side scrolling shooter from Irem. It isn't technically related to R-Type, however, when Activision ported to it home computers, it renamed the game "Dragon Breed: R-Type 2", completely discounting the fact that there already WAS an R-Type II. It's easy to see some commonalities though. In Dragon Breed, you control a human who rides on the top of a huge flying dragon. The dragon itself is invincible, so you can use its body to shield the human from danger. It's basically the same concept but a different take on the Force pod. Although your human fires a gun too, the charge shots are fired from the mouth of the dragon. There are also colored weapons which gives your dragon additional weapons. Dragon Breed isn't particularly well known because it was never ported to a console, but it's an excellent shooter and naturally worth checking out.

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