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Rival Megagun Assessment (PC)

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Enjoying Rival Megagun evokes unusual emotions in gamers. Should you’re sufficiently old, it’s going to take you again to the golden days of gaming. Should you’re younger, you’re going to be captured by its issue and function reversal.

Rival Megagun falls right into a class of video games referred to as shmup, shoot 'em up, or STG. The latter is an abbreviation acquainted to Japanese gamers. These kinds of video games have been round for a really very long time, however by that, I imply that we had related stuff operating on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

It’s solely doable that Sinclair ZX Spectrum seems like one thing made up for younger gamers. It was lengthy earlier than private computer systems and so they labored with audio cassette tapes. I nonetheless bear in mind programming the sport myself, copying the code from a guide, and operating it. It was about three pages lengthy, and in case you made a single mistake, the sport wouldn’t run.

A number of recreation genres got here and went, however shoot 'em ups caught round and for the longest time appeared to have developed together with all of the others. However previously decade, we’ve seen an attention-grabbing development, of video games going again, at the least regarding graphics, to a way more thrilling period.

Folks which were taking part in most of these video games 20 or 30 years in the past, in arcaded or at dwelling, are actually making their very own video games. Or at the least they affect a brand new era to understand what now we have earlier than, and are passing the legacy to new builders.


Like most video games, Rival Megagun has a narrative, however it’s not the form of factor that will entice most gamers. We’re right here for wanton destruction, and that’s what we’ll get. However it’s essential to say that the sport has a single-player portion that’s mainly an introduction for every character.

There aren’t many ranges obtainable by default, and on regular issue, it ought to take lower than hour to finish them. However story-wise, every character has its personal background, and I’m certain that some folks will probably be very happy to undergo every narrative.


The essential gist is straightforward. An alien race who specialize on harvesting rubbish invade our world and completely destroy our defenses. Since they’re so keen on gathering particles in orbit, a easy plan is formulated. Humanity begins sending all the rubbish in orbit within the hope of protecting the Harvesters busy.

A few decade move and Earth has a tough time discovering rubbish to ship into orbit. A contest is organized to find a hero that’s able to taking over the alien enemy. That is the place all storylines begin, and the explanation why you’re going through a rival.

Gameplay and design

The display is split in two, together with your ship at all times being the left. Your opponent, an AI or one other participant is on the best. The primary issues are the enemy ships and their projectiles. Destroying them provides you firing energy, which can be utilized to ship your personal projectiles over to the best facet to extend the issue for the opposite gamers.

Every ship can solely take two hits, and power-ups, bombs, and repairs are fairly uncommon, so dodging every part is your greatest wager. Should you’re overwhelmed, you should use a bomb that destroys just about every part in your facet of the display, however you solely get one.

Now, right here comes the kicker. As a substitute of sending projectiles in your rival’s display, you select to avoid wasting that energy and unleash unexpectedly. Your ship turns right into a boss and invades the enemy’s display. You solely must hit the ship twice.

The one drawback is that the AI is extremely proficient. Should you’re taking part in the sport on simple or regular issue, you’ll discover some patterns for the AI, and you’ll have an opportunity of successful. Something harder, Rival Megagun turns into punishing expertise. And that’s truly OK.


It’s a widely known indisputable fact that shoot 'ems are often extraordinarily tough, and Rival Megagun is not any exception. These kinds of video games are purported to be tough, so don’t despair.

And to make issues slightly bit much more attention-grabbing, on the very best issue setting, the AI can become its Boss kind and invade your a part of the display proper from the beginning. I don’t need to let you know simply how irritating the sport turns into then.

Humorous sufficient, the final combat of the sport is a regular stage wherein you face the alien mothership, in a daily battle. It form of made me want for a brand new recreation with that kind of gameplay in thoughts, however then I reminded myself that I’ve performed that form of eventualities method too usually.

In fact, characters are completely different from each other, and a few ships might sound higher. However in the long run, you’re nonetheless going to face the identical drawback with AI.

Since this recreation known as Rival Megagun, it’s essential to think about that taking part in towards different folks is a giant factor. You may select to play towards a participant on the identical pc, towards a participant in your contact checklist, or towards some random man on-line.

And that random man is at all times somebody that appears to have been taking part in this recreation all his life, with an uncanny skill to dodge just about something. I’ve but to win an internet match, however I additionally perceive that I need to put much more hours in if I need to stand an opportunity, ever.

Apart from the storyline, which pits gamers towards the AI, it’s additionally doable to play towards the AI in single matches, that haven’t any connection to the story. And, for some bizarre cause, there may be additionally an choice to observe a match between two AI gamers. My guess is which you could see what methods are employed, however that’s so far as I can go along with it.


As for the graphics and design itself, I’ve to say that Rival Megagun is sort of good. The graphics are simply effective, the animations clean and attention-grabbing, however I’m extra thinking about distinction. When taking part in shoot 'em ups, particularly tough ones, is crucial to have the ability to see every part that occurs on display,

More often than not, there are dozens of projectiles flying about, and also you’re out of bombs. Dodging incoming stuff is way simpler when the every part is nicely outlined, projectiles are clear and simple to see. I’m not saying that it makes the sport simpler, simply much less annoying.

The Good

  • Participating idea
  • Huge variations between obtainable ships
  • Play towards mates on the identical PC or on-line

The Unhealthy

  • Some issue spikes are extra annoying than difficult


Rival Megagun is the form of recreation that makes you consider an apparent facet. How come we’ve by no means performed one thing like this earlier than? It makes lots of sense from a gameplay perspective, so how come it took this lengthy?

These are rhetorical questions and gained’t get a solution, however I’m now wanting ahead seeing if the idea will probably be pushed forwards sooner or later. Perhaps make some changes and let 2 vs. 2 matches be a factor.

In any case, the mixture of melancholy, frustration, and pleasure Rival Megagun brings to gamers mustn’t be underestimated. It’s an virtually good mix of genres that simply may spawn some unbelievable sequels.

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