How to spot a gradius game:
A midway level 2 shot.
Now I would call this a miniboss, but from this level on you fight them
RIGHT before the boss, not halfway, so I guess it's a boss jr. (??)
YES! The Easter Island Head level. It just wouldn't be Gradius without it. What are they, where did they come from, and why? Who cares, just BLOW THEM UP and exterminate some ancient civilization's culture and art (well they are shooting Cheerios at you).
Boss jr. of Easter Island. Four circles converge into one giant one in the MIDDLE (hint: don't be there), which you quickly disassemble and then fight the bouncy-bouncies as four again. Which leads you to....
Boss sr. of Easter Island. A cool looking mech that lost the bottom half due to Konami taxcuts (mechs are expensive you know...). Nemesis bosses have simple patterns, just dodge the bullets and watch out when he tries to ram you.
How did the dinosaurs die? CROSSFIRE!
These large shapes remind me of hotels almost. Welcome to the Nemesis Hilton. Use glass elevators at your own risk.
To beat this boss, collect as many bullets by as possible by running
into them, and then collide with the jumping spaceships without any
Time to get serious, this guy's a pain. Missiles shoot up from the ground (use your missiles to counter), and the top rises and sinks while blasting away at you. Take out the side guns, or if in a hurry just aim for the large circular middle.
OK, finally the end guy! After a tough last level this baddie must shoot
a giant laser from the ball thing, or break off and bounce around the
room, or have some devious super weapon bent on your destruction...
Here's a closeup of my mother's marble cake. Mix 1/2 cup flower, 2 eggs,
etc. for a tasty treat. Add favorite iceing of choice, and eat up. Oops..that's
the milky way, and you're flying out of it.
Survived!? I DESTROYED the invading enemy forces!!! You survive a trip
to the DMV, you survive a lecture on communication law. I don't like
this game's attitude.
Finally a picture of the vehicle used to defend the galaxy.
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