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>> BLUE TREES

The colour schemes in 19XX can be rather special - tending to use tones of the same colour throughout a level. Complementing level 2's red stained effort is this altogether chilly blue location.

Happily, enemies still flash in lilac tones to signify their hurt. Not that it's an essential addition to the shootemup genre of course, but I do like to know I'm hitting what I'm hitting.

 

<< WHERE'S THIS?

Anybody recognise the locale? must be Greenland I think - yes it is, there's Scotland down there. Luckily my house was just missed by the huge red arrow. It's a large nuclear sub as you can see. I really don't know why I write captions for these screens, it's pretty obvious what we're dealing with here.


>> 6-INCH SUBS

A bunch of mini-bosses to prepare you for the foot-long.

 

<< PRETTY SHIMMERY

What you can't see here is the way the moonlight shimmers twinklingly over the dark water, a beautiful effect. Strangely empty this shot I'm afraid. Too cold to come out and fight probably.


>> DEEP RISING

I quite enjoyed that film actually. Ok, so some of the characters were unlikeable sods, but "Evil Ed" livened it up a bit. What's his real name anyway, you know, the moany one who always gets hurt and nobody cares.

 

<< SPOIL THE FLOE

Incinerate the iceberg installations! Imagine building huts and things on an iceberg. The Flying Pancake makes a return, looking for all the world like a fat red Pikachu. I've no idea how this thing stays in the air by the way.


>> HI GRANTZ!

Easy peasy, I thought. I think this marks the spot where it gets tricky. Many people will sail through the previous levels with not much problem, but the Grantz has a pink underbelly...

 

<< SEE IF I CARE

These two continually pop up to annoy you, gloating over how they downed your mothership again. Well, stuff em. I've blown up half their army by now, and I'll be adding a big sub to that list shortly.


>> THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Take too long and you'll fail the mission - as you'll only badly damage it, leaving it otherwise intact. LEVEL 5

 

<< ...WHICH AIN'T SOFT.

Just as I thought it was safe to relax, the whole sub flips over and reveals itself to be a boss of many talents. Protuberances spout, and pink things fly. I'm a bit worried about the wellbeing of the submariners, with their juice and dinner all over the place, splattered on the ceiling. Smart innit? Hardly a chance to move when its flinging rows of missiles from its secret compartments. Sometimes I employ the close eyes and keep shooting method here, which incidentally also the same was I drive on the motorway.

 


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