Thursday, March 24, 2005 01:27
Moedan: Shmup is in session.
There's a lot to like about Moedan, a new PC-based doujin
shmup. Sure, this game is a rip-off of Moetan and Shanghai
Alice's works such as Touhou Eiyashou - Imperishable Night (東
方永夜抄). But this game is cute. It's a decent effort by D.N.A.
Software and I like it. Pretty much its for all people who wanted to
try shmups but felt daunted with today's shmup's difficulty levels and danmaku
(barrage fire) fashion. In other words, it's for beginners. But you
hardcore types shouldn't fret, there's more in store.
The start is pretty slow. The game is more like a classroom for
shmups, and you are to learn about types of bullets. "Chaotic bending
laser!" (不規則に曲るレーザー！). Some of the dialogue is not very interesting,
but it is lighthearted and snickerly funny. Actually, if you skip the
dialogue, you miss the tutorials and more importantly the general
atmosphere of the game. It becomes more boring when skipped.
After playing cards 1 through 10, I skipped to card 50 and passed it
on my first try. WTF, this game is easy? But then I went back though
and did them in order. Some of them I had to try several times to pass,
but it's still pretty easy. Think Touhou games on easy mode,
and never getting harder than level 1 and you'll get the idea.
So I finished all 50 cards and it took me about an hour. The credits
rolled and I though, this is surely a waste of 1400 yen, too short. But
then there's an extra mode. Ooh, more interesting now. As for the first
mode, I recommend playing the game without bombing. Especially cards 11
and 38. Very fun.
Music is a bland remix of Zun's tunes, nothing noteworthy. Graphics are
on par with the Shanghai Alice bullet style and the enemy graphics are
passably cute. Control wasn't too bad, maybe a bit slow, but I've been
playing lots of Parsec47 on Extreme, so I could be wrong. The
controller I used, a Sega Saturn-style USB controller, was cinch to set
I'll comment more on this game when I've passed the extra mode. It
may take a while, but this should be fun. Think graze and buzz. Buzz