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Game #4506
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Piranha    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Vertical shooter

Rating: 8.89 (19 votes)

Piranha box cover

Piranha screenshot
Piranha from now-defunct Finnish developer D-Designs is an excellent Asteroids clone. Tomer Gabel's review at MobyGames says it all about this very obscure underdog:

"...[This] game really is great – excellent graphics, good (configurable! there's a concept...) controls, cute levels, an insanely vast array of monsters, weapon and speed upgrades, all sorts of bonuses -- what more can a person ask for? Also, the music is initially excellent. The menu and music for the first ten levels are done with great talent by Prism/EMF, and the next ten levels are accompanied by a great piece of digital music by Zodiak.

The Bad:
Unfortunately, the music turns into a techno-trance sort of horrendous noise after level twenty. The game is TOO LONG and gets repetitive after a while; they should've cut it in half. Also, an undeniably stupid bug occasionally causes the game to enter an endless attack sequence in stage 53-ish, which is honestly amazingly annoying. And it's too damn easy!

The Bottom Line:
A really good Asteroids clone whose polished gameplay is only marred by really bad music starting on the 20th level."

Although the game may be too easy for joystick experts, the sheer length of the game will keep you glued for hours on end – there are one hundred levels that get increasingly more complex and varied and only a little bit repetitive. Another bonus, Piranha also offers a multiplayer mode where you can go head-to-head with up to two other players, or play with them in co-op. Whether or not you have played Asteroids, Piranha is hard to beat for sheer arcade-style, no-frills shooter fun. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Unknown
Developer: D-Designs
Publisher: D-Designs
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: D-Designs
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: rRootage, Disasteroids 3D, Tubular Worlds

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