“Star Soldier does not overwhelm with sweeping themes, but impresses in the fine details.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.
Pat The NES Punk and I may disagree on Three Stooges, but we do agree on this: On the NES, you can usually count on the Hudson bee to be a sign of quality retro gaming fun. R.I.P. Hudson Soft, and thanks for the Bomberman franchise.
One of the most fun things about the NintendoLegend project is that, when I started this blog, there were definitely some game genres that I was more familiar with than others. Perhaps that goes for every NES gamer (we all know about platformers, right?), but the shoot-’em-up scene was one that was quite foreign to me, and I have enjoyed being intentional over the past couple of years about becoming more familiar with the ins and outs of the shmup.
As I become more experienced with the category, a heirarchy begins to unfold, both in my mind and even in the undeniable arena of objectivity. For example, I can state with confidence that Star Soldier is a better space-theme shooter than Alpha Mission, and definitely much better than Galactic Crusader or Last Starfighter. I would compare it to Gun Nac, except that it is a bit less… zany.
There is an impressive technical feat going on in Star Soldier, during portions where the background scrolls automatically at a certain speed, yet certain elements also scroll from left to right in a pseudo-parallax fashion, while a two-layered starfield is also animated in the background. Between that and the amount of sprites on-screen at once (without any flickering or slowdown at all!), I tip my hat to the Hudson team on their efforts here.
But I am sure a shoot-’em-up purist would still enjoy this game more than me. Check it out for yourself, retroheads.
NES Gameplay Tips For Star Soldier: Use cover when it is available, and blast the crap out of the “brain star” bosses. The key to mastering Star Soldier is to maintain a nimble balance between risk and efficiency. Then again, if you are going for a high score, feel free to just let the boss live so you can keep redoing the level over and over.
Read The Full Review For: Nothing special, really, except more detailed coverage of the game in different categories.