me, I think I'm in the wrong ROM. My name's Kirby, and
this plumber guy gave me the wrong directions......"
Reviewed by Roger Post
(Great! saves me from having to play the cutey games! - Malc)
could never get into the "cutsey shumps"- Parodius, Twinbee, 100% Cotton.......Something
about the combination of blast-everything-in-your-path and happy smiley
sunshine funland just doesn't mix quite right. However don't let the
"ages 6 and under" theme trick you into thinking this is an easy shump.
Flying Hero offers eight levels of heartwarming challenge.
Nothing new in the concept though: choose yer speed (1, 2, or 3), choose
yer weapon (1, 2, or 3) and blast the baddies. Extra powerups are little
owl-like things that home in on enemies, which consist of flying monkeys,
fishies, teddy bears.....oh, brother. Just let the pictures speak for
themselves...(can I go back to normal shmups now, like Thunderforce?)
This game is full of bosses, mid-bosses, executive bosses, supervisors,
and temps, mail clerks, you name it.....this one's a happy little
The level 1 boss "shadows" herself with some cool mode 7 effects.
Rock throwing teddys of level two. The term teddy bear came from
Teddy Roosevelt (the only thing I remember from history class).
Level two mini who looks like a stone rendition of George Washington.
This level must have a presidental theme... He spins around as you'd
expect in his glorious mode7-iness, but isn't particularly well
Here we see...um...Ronald Reagan, which bounces back and forth and
throws rocks at you.
(Erm, I'm not so sure about that Roger, looks more like Tony Blair
to me - Malc)
Level two boss is a cat with chicken legs, which was so disturbing
we didn't show it here. I REALLY prefer spaceships and such. Shiver
me timbers! Half way through level 3 you meet the mini pirate bird,
and at the end... Here comes the sun, du du du du .....(Note to
Malc: Beatles reference, I'm not sure how much of US culture I can
get away with, but I'm sure you know of the Beatles ;) - HOI! we
invented them! :) - Malc
Make sure you turn off the background on level 4, or else you won't
see past the water. (That's if you're not using ZSNES in 16bit colour
and transparency mode - Malc). Here's a little trick too: Three
cupcakes makes for a weapon powerup, and when you get hit you lose
weapon strength; so keep your stock at two until you get hit, then
you are ready to just grab the third right away. Works with Gradius,
too. Speaking of Gradius, which reminds me of Life Force, this mini
has flailing arms like that second level boss.
Level 5 is basically a miniboss level. Be careful not to get squished
between the block maze. The first guy reaches into his head and
throws parts of his brain at you. Great way to learn your presidents!
Second Boss:Now what do gun turrets do again?? This breaks into
fourths, tries to squish you, then shoots a lot. Exterminate with
extreme prejudice. Third Boss: Green Duck Thing: I didn't know you
could shoot behind for the longest time. Don't ask how I manage
to beat this guy without it. Hold the presses! A mech, in a cutsey
game! He's not happy, an animal, pink, or even pleasant! Disable
him, body part by part, until only the head is left, which still
On to level 6, which at first I thought was a repeat of level one.
This mini reaches out to give you a nice, big *hug* (but with guns
on those arms).
The level 6 boss looks like that orange jello I like. Make sure
speed is up to three, he takes up the whole screen and wiggles and
jiggles a lot.
A level 7 baddie, this woman appears a lot.
More level 7 subbosses. Looks a bit like one of the Final Blaster
This was just so cute....ssssshhhhh, you'll wake Mr. Moon...
Yet another miniboss.
Looks like a bottle opener I got last Christmas - Malc
The level 7 boss. I was laughing at him, he's so pathetic. Close
your eyes, put one hand behind your back, make him difficult.
The door to level 8, the FINAL level (There's scary music in the
background in case you didn't get the point).
"HaHaHa....Nobody can escape the wrath of the four-handed DragonBallZ
Q:What has three modes and flies?
A: The last boss. The first mode he shoots lazers, then flashes
white and darts at you. Keep speed at three, and timing is crucial.
Second mode plays pattycake, and you have to keep up. No, really,
just dodge the lazers. Third mode he just teleports at rushes at
you, not worth picturing. Keep attacking, and use bombs as much
"I'm so happy, I can take this stupid cap off now!"
Bye, bye, cutsey land, it's back to outer space for this shmupper...
Ah, thanks Roger, Malc here.... Will you LOOK at the gloves and
boots on that lassie? Not exactly pretty are they? Probably belong
to her sweaty farmer dad.
What'll we do next then? Haven't done a Parodius ye... SPLAM!! BIFF!