Star Parodier

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Star Parodier
Star Parodier cover.jpg
Developer(s)Kaneko
Publisher(s)Hudson Soft
Composer(s)Hiroshi Saito
Jin Watanabe
Shinichi Sakamoto (PSG)
Platform(s)PC Engine CD
ReleasePC Engine CD
  • JP: April 24, 1992

Wii Virtual Console

  • JP: March 7, 2008
  • EU: March 16, 2008
  • NA: August 11, 2008
Genre(s)Shoot 'em up
Mode(s)Single-player

Star Parodier (スターパロジャー, Sutā Parojā) is a vertical-scrolling shoot 'em up video game developed by Kaneko and published by Hudson Soft for the PC Engine CD-ROM² in 1992. It is a spin-off of the Star Soldier series and was localized for North America as Fantasy Star Soldier. However, this version was never released.[1] The game was released for the Wii Virtual Console on March 7, 2008 in Japan, March 16, 2008 in Europe and later in North America on August 11, 2008.[2]

Star Parodier is a vertical scrolling shooter, much like the Star Soldier games, and features many of the same conventions, such as collecting power-ups to upgrade the player's weapons, and facing several bosses and minibosses as they progress through the game. The game also features the 2- and 5-minute high score time attack modes seen in previous games.

However, in parodying the hard sci-fi atmosphere of the Star Soldier games, Star Parodier takes a lighthearted approach by featuring cute, cartoonish graphics and toning down the violence (for example, defeated enemies wave white flags in surrender).[3] The players choose from three craft to play as in the game: the Paro Ceaser from Star Soldier, a giant flying Bomberman or an anthropomorphic PC Engine console that shoots HuCards and CD-ROMs at enemies.[4]

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