XDR (video game)

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XDR (video game)
XDR: X-Dazedly-Ray
Cover art
Developer(s) UNIPACC
Publisher(s) UNIPACC
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive
Release date(s)
  • JP August 26, 1990
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Sega Mega Drive cartridge

XDR (エックス・ディー・アール?) (short for "X-Dazedly-Ray") is a 1990 Japanese shoot 'em up game released for the Sega Mega Drive. It is a sideways scrolling shoot 'em up containing six levels.

Story[edit]

On the terrestrial planet Sephiroth, which is home to a variety of peaceful and prosperous advanced societies, an ancient evil has returned. A long time ago, a warmonger known only as Guardia was banished from the planet, but has finally returned with an entire space military. The Guardia Military soon invades Sephiroth and crushes its defenses with its long hardened space technology. Within time, a space fighter was developed to match the power of the Guardia Military. Based on Guardia’s unknown desire for destruction and its own might, the ship was named the "XDR", or "X-Dazedly-Ray".

Gameplay[edit]

Players piloted the titular ship through six different checkpoint-heavy levels, blasting various ground and sky forces. Rather than having Bomb weapons, the ship was equipped to fire a variety of different shots and smaller bombs. Players could collect power ups such as different firing weapons, ground-force bombs, a shield and Options, all of which were upgradable to three levels. Players could also change the ship's speed through four variations. Many of the end-level bosses required timed shots in exact hit points similar to Gradius.

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
MegaTech 47%[1]

The XDR can use three different weapons from item pick-ups including its standard upgradable shot, missile pick-ups and Options. The ship can collect the Wide Beam/Vulcan shot, Laser and the Wave Shot. The missile pick-ups actually fired as ground force bombs that would fire in four directions once fully upgraded. The ship's Options powered up strangely in that the first selected Option would encircle the ship, but the second and third power-ups caused the Option to follow the ship from behind rather than encircle it as well as multiply. The ship could also collect items such as a temporary shield and 1 Up icons.

Levels and bosses[edit]

Stage 1 – Skies of planet Sephiroth
Boss – Hatori-111: An enormous space fighter with appendages and laser weapons.
Stage 2 – Guardian Military Secret Base
Boss – Camio-573: A large war machine armed with impenetrable missiles that fire vertically.
Stage 3 – Ancient Ruins of Sephiroth
Boss – Itama-765: A large, sphere shaped war machine armed with spherical shield enemies.
Stage 4 – The Green Moon
Boss – Mobi-100: An enormous space fighter ship equipped with a laser shield.
Stage 5 – Space Area Jeriad
Boss – Isuda-255: A large space ship that is almost completely armored.
Stage 6 – Guardia Military Star Base
Boss – Star Breaker Rei

References[edit]

  1. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 6, page 81, June 1992