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Game #982
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Silpheed    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Vertical shooter

Rating: 8.91 (117 votes)

Silpheed box cover

Silpheed screenshot
For many action gamers, playing Silpheed is a thoroughly captivating experience that is hard to forget. Designed by Thexder designers S. Uesaka and H. Godai and licensed from Japanese company Game Arts by Sierra, this defining moment of the shooter genre is one of the rare games that can sell on the merits of its "bells and whistles" alone: the pseudo-3D graphics is stunning, and the digitized sound and music pushes the limits of tinny Adlib soundcard to create memorable tunes and sound effects. Not that the gameplay isn't special: you must maneuver the space dogfighter Silpheed through 20 action-packed levels that feature diverse backgrounds, enemies, and very cool power-ups you can keep from level to level to prepare for the ultimate showdown with Xacalite, the evil warlord. Although billed as a "sequel" to Thexder, the only thing Silpheed has in common with that game is the (thin) storyline which isn't why you'd play a shooter to begin with :) Definitely one of the very few shooters I struggled to finish despite overwhelming odds, and a must have for every action fan.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: S. Uesaka & H. Godai
Developer: Game Arts
Publisher: Sierra On-Line
Year: 1987
Software Copyright: Game Arts
Theme: Science Fiction
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Matthew Murray's review, Silpheed MP3 Page, Advertisement for SEGA CD version
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If you like this game, try: Thexder, Thexder 2, Raiden

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