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Holy crap exactly how many bosses does this level HAVE? Do I have to kill ALL the things in that roulette wheel?!? (ZeroRanger level 4)
Level 4 has between 4-5 'bosses' (the the big skull and then 4 in the roulette). You can avoid fighting one of them if you, uh, practice non-violence..
I've always liked shmups as a concept, but inevitably whenever I try one I'm absolutely awful at it and never get anywhere. Are there any good games I could try to help ease me into the genre?
I tend to favor the NES as a good starting point. I suppose that partially because *I* started there, but also because the limited memory of the system makes it hard to be overwhelmed with a million bullets and enemies all at once (note: this does not apply to Recca, which is some kind of mad science that pushes the NES to its very limits). Life Force is my personal favorite of the NES library, and with the Konami code, it's easy to credit feed once or twice until you get the hang of it.I've always liked shmups as a concept, but inevitably whenever I try one I'm absolutely awful at it and never get anywhere. Are there any good games I could try to help ease me into the genre?
The same goes for the novice modes in the Cave ports available on PC (Mushihimesama, DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu and Deathsmiles)
*NES Gradius is an exception to this rule, though - it's arguably harder than the original version at times, so it might be a little rougher than you want at the moment. FC Gradius II and Salamander should be much smoother sailing.