Fantastic Parodius - Pursue the Glory of the Past

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Fantastic Parodius - Pursue the Glory of the Past
Gokujou Parodius SFC.jpg
Super Famicom cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Parodius
Platform(s) Arcade, Super Famicom, Mobile Phone (i-mode, S!Appli, EZweb)
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Horizontal Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single player
multiplayer (simultaneous)
multiplayer (alternating)(SFC)
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Konami GX
Display Raster, horizontal orientation, 288 x 224 resolution

Fantastic Parodius - Pursue the Glory of the Past (極上パロディウス ~過去の栄光を求めて~ Gokujō Parodiusu - Kako no Eikō o Motomete?), known outside of Japan as Fantastic Journey, is a scrolling shooter arcade game and the third title in the Parodius series produced by Konami. Like the rest of the series, it is a parody of the Gradius series and other Konami games.

Gameplay[edit]

Overall, the gameplay is identical to that of its predecessor, Parodius! From Myth to Laughter, with several new characters to choose from. Also new, if you play a two-player game, the second player will have a different set of characters to select. They are clones of the first player characters, except with different names and slightly altered sprites or changed color palettes. These characters include: Vic Viper/Lord British, Pentaro/Hanako, Twinbee/Winbee, Takosuke/Belial, Hikaru/Akane, Mambo/Samba, Michael/Gabriel and Koitsu/Aitsu.

In the Parodius series, starting with Gokujō Parodius, the Power Meter was changed from a bar with the weapon names as text to a bar with pictures indicating the powerups. The borders of each icon determine the gameplay type chosen, red for auto, yellow for semi-auto and blue for manual. As this kind of power meter is shorter, two separate power meters appear on screen on a two player game.

Music[edit]

Main article: Parodius music

Ports[edit]

Fantastic Parodius was ported to the Super Famicom months after it's arcade release. Two significant differences between the console and arcade version were added characters: Goemon/Ebisumaru from Ganbare Goemon, Dracula-Kun/Kid-D from Kid Dracula and Upa/Rupa from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa and the alternating two player mode.

In addition, Hikaru and Akane gets a Tailgun, Boomerang Shot from Thunder Cross, another shooter game by Konami, and a Shield instead of the Spread Bomb, the Carrot Shot and a force field (named "Star") that they get in the arcade version (as well as on the Deluxe Pack released for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn). Similarly, Mambo and Samba are given Homing Missiles, the Reflect Shot (which gives them two options when chosen), Grade Up and a Shield instead of the Bubble Missile, the Control Laser, Search Laser and a force-field (named "Barrier").

Fantastic Parodius! was also ported along with Parodius! From Myth to Laughter on Gokujō Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack for PlayStation in 1994 and Sega Saturn in 1995. This compilation was released in Japan and Europe. The European release was released as Parodius, with Parodius Da! simply titled Parodius and Gokujō Parodius as Fantastic Journey. In addition, it had English text when the Megaphone is used and re-colored the mini Eagle Sabu enemies to green (as opposed to Brown in the Japanese version).

It was also released for mobile phones and included in Parodius Portable on the PlayStation Portable, with some songs replaced by classical/folk songs.

Reception[edit]

On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the PlayStation version's Deluxe Pack a 32 out of 40,[1][2] and the Sega Saturn's Deluxe Pack a 31 out of 40.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Gokujō Parodius ~Original Game Sound Track~
Soundtrack album by Konami Kukeiha Club
Released July 2, 1994
Genre Video game soundtrack
Length 73:06
Label King Records

The Gokujō Parodius ~Original Game Sound Track~ was produced by Konami Kukeiha Club and released by King Records on July 2, 1994 in Japan by Konami Music Entertainment, Inc.

In 2005, Three Gokujo Parodius like, Run Run Run, Monster of Cappuccino and Paro Paro Dancing was added titled Classic in Game Music - Legend Compilation Series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ PLAYSTATION CROSS REVIEW: 極上パロディウスだ! DELUXE PACK. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.333. Pg.21. 5 May 1995.
  2. ^ おオススメ!! ソフト カタログ!!: 極上パロディウスだ! DELUXE PACK. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.335. Pg.114. 12–19 May 1995.
  3. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: 極上パロディウスだ! DELUXE PACK. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.336. Pg.31. 26 May 1995.

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