Super Spacefortress Macross (超時空要塞マクロス) is a arcade game based on the film The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?, developed by NMK and published by Banpresto in 1992. The English-language edition was released in the USA by Fabtek during the same year. It was also released in Australia by Leisure & Allied Industries (nowadays known as LAI Games).
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Gameplay resembles many vertical shooters of the time, but was made accommodating to beginners by lowering the overall difficulty.
Player characters are locked to their respective sides: Player 1 is always the Red unit (Hikaru Ichijyo) and Player 2 is always the Blue unit (Maximilian Jenius). The game consists of seven stages, each with a boss at the end. After the stage 7 boss is defeated, a second run will instantly begin. The game will only be finished after completing two runs, with staff credits displayed afterward.
The VF-1S Valkyrie cannot transform freely. Power-ups marked with the letters of each form are required to change. Each form also grants different attack patterns. Picking up the same form power-up (ex: F while in Fighter mode) will increase rapid-fire rate. Attack-based items can be collected and stacked for up to 8 levels. The screen-clearing bomb, a staple of shooters, comes in the form of Reaction weaponry.
When the rare A (armor) power-up is obtained, the VF-1S becomes an Armored Battroid which can launch grenades with missiles. After taking a hit, the armor is purged. All form power-ups obtained while armored will become bonus point items instead.
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Hikaru Ichijyo - Player 1 Character.
- Maximilian Jenius - Player 2 Character.
- Misa Ichijyo- Appears in cut scenes.
- Lynn Minmay - Appears in cut scenes.
Mechanic[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]
- For some reason, the 1P unit (Hikaru) is slightly faster than the 2P unit (Max) despite the stats being opposite in the story canon.
- This game is bilingual. Language settings can be changed using the DIP switch.
- The control detail translation in the English playing manual was overall haphazardly done, with numerous subject and syntax errors. The most notable is the translation of Player Unit (自機 ji-ki), which was written as "self-plane".
- Standard bonus point items are U.N. Spacy Medals, Minmay Dolls and Tuna Heads.