Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth

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This article is about the first game of the series. For the series, see Parodius (series).
Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth
Cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Parodius
Platform(s) MSX, Mobile Phones, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, Sega Saturn, Virtual Console
Release date(s) MSX
  • JP April 28, 1988
Mobile Phones
i-mode
  • JP December 1, 2006
S Appli!
  • JP May 1, 2007
Wii Virtual Console
  • JP January 12, 2010
Wii U Virtual Console
  • JP December 25, 2013
Windows PC
  • JP April 11, 2014 (as EGG
Genre(s) Horizontal scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single player
multiplayer (alternating)

Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth (パロディウス ~タコは地球を救う~ Parodiusu: Tako wa Chikyū o Sukū?), or referred to just Parodius, is a scrolling shooter video game developed by Konami for the MSX computer and was released in Japan. The game is notable for being the first title in the Parodius series, although it is often confused with its sequel Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- in that respect, which is also titled Parodius in Europe. The name itself is a portmanteau of "Gradius" and "Parody" and, eponymously, the game is a parody of the Gradius series of space-based horizontally scrolling shooters. Many of the characters and enemies are derived from that famous shooter series, while other elements are extracted from other Konami titles, such as Antarctic Adventure and TwinBee. This game is of particular note in the series as being heavily infused with Japanese culture and folklore.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay is very similar to the Gradius games, with other aspects from games such as TwinBee. However, the characters are replaced with silly characters taken from either these or other Konami games as well as Japanese culture. The music is mostly taken from classical music pieces.

The player can play as either Takosuke, an octopus, the Penguin (father of Pentarou) from Antarctic Adventure and the exclusive MSX game Penguin Adventure, Goemon from the Ganbare Goemon series, the Popolon knight from the MSX game Knightmare or the Vic Viper spaceship from Gradius. The game is composed of six stages consisting of various obstacles and enemies such as penguins and bees, as well as more traditional Gradius enemies such as moai. As with Gradius, the game utilizes a similar selection-bar based power-up system.

Reception[edit]

Parodius was awarded Best Game that Never Came out in the U.S. of 1992 by Electronic Gaming Monthly.[1]

Ports[edit]

Parodius was later included in Konami Antiques MSX Collection Vol.3 for PlayStation, Konami Antiques MSX Collection Ultra Pack for Sega Saturn, Parodius Portable in PlayStation Portable with enhanced graphics.

In addition, it was released for mobile phones in December 2006 and for Wii Virtual Console in January 12, 2010 and Wii U in December 25, 2013 in Japan. it also, The MSX Version was re-released for Windows PC on Online Store Project EGG on April 11, 2014 in Japan.

Music[edit]

Main article: Parodius music

In addition, disc 8 of Legend of Game Music ~Premium Box~, which was released on March 24 2005, is devoted to MSX Parodius.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide. 1993. 

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