Join the resistance fighters against the awesome powers of King Crimson, a manic scientist, and his Crimson Corps. Nine Levels of intense mayhem in this multiple-weapon side-scrolling shoot-em up.
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Join the resistance fighters against the awesome powers of King Crimson, a manic scientist, and his Crimson Corps. Nine Levels of intense mayhem in this multiple-weapon side-scrolling shoot-em up.

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Action | Sci-Fi

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October 1989 (Japan)  »

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Middonaito Rejisutansu  »

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Action-packed!
17 January 2006 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Remember the arcades back in the 'good old days' of video-gaming? Before polygons and 3D took over there was a time when you could walk into an arcade that was thick with the smell of sweat as dozens of teenagers hammered away furiously at the buttons of countless machines. You'd probably have to queue-up to play your favorite game or if you had no money you'd just watch someone else who was better than you. When you did get a go the stick was hard to get a grip it'd be soaked in sweat so much and your fingers would be so numb after a few minutes of play that your hand would go all cramped. Midnight Resistance (a sequel to the 1987 game Heavy Barrel) was one of those classic arcade games made by Data East (one of the top companies at the time) that was so cool you didn't care how hard it was.

If you're familiar with the Turrican series of games then you'll love Midnight Resistance. It features 10 levels of similar gameplay with hordes of enemies coming at you from all directions and enough mega-firepower to deal with them all. You'll be leaping, jumping, climbing and crawling everywhere as hundreds of bursts of gunfire blaze across the screen. The fire-fight just doesn't let up for a second for the entire game. And you'll love it.

Having said that, it's a very weird and surrealistic game. You're supposed to be a member of some Drug Enforcemant Squad, according to the instructions, but the enemies are often demonic and the 'story' takes you through industrial cities, laboratories, forests and outer-space to battle giant, disembodied brain stems and free you're family from mad scientists. Very weird indeed.

But that was all the rage back in 1990, when arcade games were filled with bizarre imagery and disorientating level designs to keep you off-guard. Like other games of the era it is very, very hard; a dastardly ploy to make you spend more and more money to get through the game. But when you had this much fun, it was worth it. Definitely one to hunt down.

Graphics A- Sound B Gameplay A Lasting B+


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