Sequel to the side-scrolling space shooter featuring new enemies and power-ups.


Even though the first mission against the Bydo Empire was an apparent success, the latest deep-space probes have revealed a secret Bydo base. It appears that the Empire has been in seclusion since it's headquarters were destroyed, stockpiling weapons and resources. Once more, the Earth is under threat of attack from the extra-terrestrial mutants and the world government needs you to fight back...again. The bio-mechanical aliens of the evil Bydo Empire are back, many of the bosses from the original R-Type are repeated (albeit in slightly different guises) and the distinctive pastel shades of the original are used again to create an immediately familiar feel. Written by Shawn Watson

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Space was ripped by hatred and desire to counterattack and take revenge.


Action | Sci-Fi





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December 1989 (Japan)  »

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Âru Taipu II  »

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Followed by R-Type DX (1999) See more »

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6 June 2005 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Yes, the original R-Type was brilliant. And of course a sequel was more than welcome. But the sequel we got was just far too similar to the first. It feels more like an expansion pack than anything else. The first level of R-Type II is virtually the exact same as before. Even the music hasn't changed.

Level 2 did feature a cool, and very hard, underwater stage and there were a couple of new power ups for that crazy force orb. But it was all just too samey. IREM didn't put much imagination into this game at all. On its own, when not standing next to the first, R-Type II is still a great game but is no-doubt a rip-off when regarded as a sequel. With all of the pale imitations of R-Type that followed the original's release then they should have tried harder to make this something special.

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