Mix and match.
Jaleco might not be as well-known as the likes of Capcom and Konami with today’s gamers, but it was big enough company back in the ’90s to create its own parody shooter, taking inspiration from the likes of Parodius and Star Parodier. The result was Game Tengoku – or Game Paradise, as it’s also known – which hit arcades back in 1995 and was duly ported to the Sega Saturn as a Japanese system exclusive in 1997, complete with a VHS tape containing a short animated movie based on the game.
While it’s not quite on the same level as Konami’s famous take on its own Gradius franchise, Game Tengoku is nonetheless enough of a cult classic that it has been resurrected for the modern era in the form of Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special. Released on the PS4 and PC a few years ago, this Switch port brings everything over to Nintendo’s machine (including newcomers Clarice from City Connection and Homura Banto from Bases Loaded, who weren’t in the original arcade or Saturn version) and also adds the ship from Toaplan’s superb Tatsujin / Truxton.
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