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Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special

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Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 26, 2018
PCNov 29, 2017

Developers: City Connection, Chara-Ani

Publisher: Degica

Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special is an enhanced port of Jaleco's classic 90s vertically scrolling shooting game. It mixes cute characters, a game world parodying a wide range of gaming tropes and history, tight controls, refined mechanics and eggplants?! The game features both the console original and the exclusive Arcade Mode + in a retro game fan's dream combination. Arcade Mode +: - Normal (6 stages, multiple difficulties & practice mode) -Time Attack (Play against the clock for a high score) - 7 characters, 6 unique ships and more via DLC - 2 display modes (vertical stretch & dot by dot) - Multiple soundtrack & voice types - HD Data Mode: high-res game flyers & info on Jaleco's games Classic Mode - Arcade - 6 stages of straight-laced shooting with 2p co-op - 1 Time Attack stage - Vertical display mode Classic Mode - Arrange - 8 stages with fully-voiced intermissions - Fully voiced opening and ending movies and several songs - Time attack with 2 stages and a practice stage

Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special Reviews

It's easy to see why Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special is so beloved by Japanese shmup fans, but it's equally easy to understand why it's not as well known in the west as Parodius, despite being very similar in tone.

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Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special is a friendly opportunity to visit with a videogame-about-a-videogames pioneer. As a six-stage shoot 'em up, Game Tengoku is stretched as far as $30 can take it. As a peak into the ultra-novelty of 1995's Japanese arcade scene, it may be priceless. It is both Important and Good that Game Tengoku is now somewhat localized and available.

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Game Tengoku CrusinMix Special is best thought of as an experience. There are a lot of scenes where the main characters chat with each other and goof off - not to mention the multiple songs with vocals, commentary tracks, and even an interactive karaoke performance. This creates an atmosphere not often seen in such a tradition-focused genre. None of this comes at the expense of the game itself, which is a solidly enjoyable trip down memory lane. The scoring mechanics are well-realized, while the stages are cluttered with things to see and destroy. Ideally, all of the clutter could have been stretched out to create a more consistent and fully-realized shmup, but what's there is perfectly all right.

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As a compilation of the arcade and Sega Saturn versions of a shoot 'em up from the mid-'90s, Game Tengoku CruisinMix holds up impressively well.

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