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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 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 are stunning, and the digitized sound and music pushes the limits of the 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 twenty action-packed levels that feature diverse backgrounds, enemies, and 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 plodded all the way through 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
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Silpheed MP3 Page (archived)
If you like this game, try: Thexder, Thexder 2, Raiden

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