So hello guys, I had a few runs now and still try to get to stage 1-4. My current score is 144'040 and a screen follows if I improve. It is the first time I play this game, I quite like it (especially the title screen). Let's see if I can catch up. :D
EDIT: Ah, now I got it. I have to press fast and short to shoot and if I hold the button, he stops moving. That makes sense, then its fine and the cursor speed is no issue.
If I shoot, my character is not able to move. So shooting and moving at same time seems not possible. I have a second question about the cursor speed. I don't know the original game and don't know if my cursor is slow. Did you guys change it somehow or is the default speed authentic?
Might be able to do better if I can save the 2nd resurrection potion for a bit longer. I also should NOT have upgraded to the Balkan gun, as the old laser can hit the tails of the flaming claw snake things even through the segments, but the Balkan gun shells are stopped.
Once you get through the regular round on lvl 8, the bosses on 8 and 9 are really easy. The regular round on 10 is all space stuff from Hyperdyne SideArms and will end you if you don't have a LOT of health to smart bomb stuff with, or a 2nd player's aux gun to block more fire.
Almost made it to lvl 8, did not have another potion for the sorcerers on lvl 6, so had to go straight for the exit instead of heading NW for the potion there. If you have a potion, you can get a potion...
As I'm going through the ROWs of the past and putting my input and screenshots into them, I've come across one of my nemeses, Kung Fu Master. I have a rep for mastering games quickly, but this game is a critical hit in my Achilles Heel. No matter what I do, I can never get very far in that game. Being a hard game in general is no excuse, I usually learn to destroy hard games even more so than others. I just never got this one.
Yes, those twin planes are a pain to take out, but the real death knell comes from the heavily armored boats on round 3. Your game essentially ends after your first life is lost on this round because you won't even be able to defend yourself without full firepower. One of my all-time favorite games, Darius, also suffers from this. While I have cleared the game before, I had to do it on a single life, because once you die, the game is essentially over.
The helicopter is definitely the best choice because you can 'waggle' in place and spread fire over about half the screen.
Was definitely more a fan of Space Duel. 4-D Warriors is a bit choppy and hard to figure out what exactly is going on.
I think I need to turn up the definition on my vector preferences, the little + shaped mines were really hard to see on a small screen.
Well, the 3 B/B+ can be shortened considerably, there are hack projects for that. The battery is definitely overkill as well. My battery life is easily 8hrs+ with a 10,000 mAh battery. I can use a prefab sound card from Adafruit and lose that bulk too. The display won't be a problem it is actually very thin and the same footprint as the Pi. However, I really love the feel of a full size controller, and I don't think I'm stuffing that combo in my pocket any time soon.
However, when I finalize the build, I'm going to be ADDING weight in the form of RF shielding of the sound board and Pi/display. The sound board is picking up too much crap no matter how many filter caps I throw in the circuit.
@GtBFilms I have mixed feelings now. Indeed, milking the dungeon to the right of the first level does allow you to increase your score quite a bit, though I kind of feel wrong about relying on it. Maybe we should do one run without milking it (i.e. just going through it straight ahead, not staying longer and killing more)?
I got 39,300, died in the middle of the second level.
In the dungeon, immediately to the left of the starting location if you destroy the wall I received an item that was worth around 10k points, I think? Unsure if it’s permanently there or random, but hope it helps.
This is essentially a vertical shooter. Don't focus on spraying DK all the way to the top unless you have the super sprayer, just kill all the bugs and the level will end. This is especially key on the level with the missing platform in the center.
On the level where he is throwing coconuts at you, he alternates between throwing one directly at you, and throwing one at a hive to release bugs. Keep track of which one he is on, and be ready to dodge the one coming for you. You need to move quick, don't be in the middle of a level change or jumping in the air to shoot him. On these levels you do have to spray him to the top, but it is quite easy to do as he doesn't release very many bugs at once. Remember that shooting the caterpillars just stuns them and keeps them in your way, so when you are trying to spray DK to the top on this round, don't hit the caterpillars, let them crawl past your line of fire.
Don't "run and gun" the bumblebees, as they split into parts that will kill you, always be directly under them and stay there until the shrapnel is past.
The blue wasps will fix on your vertical position from the sides and then VERY quickly move in for the kill. Get under them by dropping down one level and shooting them from underneath after they fix on you but BEFORE they move in. If you see blue wasps coming out of the hives, do NOT be on the very bottom , as you won't be able to kill them after you dodge their attack until you move under them again.
I used Savestate not to get this score, but to train any point where I was having a problem, particularly bosses. Just keep restoring state and replay every sticking point (even if you win) until you have it down pat. The 4th boss was just too tough to get through on one play for me now matter how hard I trained it, but there are peeps on Youtube that have played through the whole game both times (there is a 'secret' ending after the 2nd play through)
Don't forget that unlike virtually all other vertical shumps with bombs, your supply of bombs is restored after each boss win, so don't be shy about using bombs first at the tricky spots in the boss battle, then worry about dodging.
OK, since necroposting on ROW is apparently allowed, I'll start with the oldest first.
This game has always been one of my loves.
Hints: Unless you are chasing the spy ship (ALWAYS chase the spy ship, letting it get away will cause instant RED ALERT), turn your back to enemies to fire at them with the rear gun, you will run into them less often
Don't kill bases right away by blasting the center. Blow off a few cannons before moving in for the kill. You'll get a lot more points.
As mentioned before, you MUST kill those annoying spy ships, and once it comes onto the screen it will move away from you to get away. If if does, you are blessed with instant RED ALERT status and will be onslaught with enemies until you die.
@IanDaemon That's how I always did it in the arcades. Your money goes further, and you eventually master the game. You can beat some surprisingly hard games that way. I was able to clear Mercs and even NARC on one play, but it took a LONG time to get there.
Although saving state before a boss fight and playing that fight over and over even if you win until you have it down pat really helps with the bullet hell shooters. I can get about 5 million on Donpachi on one play because I trained hard on the boss fights.