The dictatorship of the Imperial Earth Army has used Bio-Cyborg machines to keep things under control for too long. Hyper D: The slug of the cyborgs, but is basically built like a tank. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. The only problem is that the G There is no trivia on file for this game. Players must make good use of each of these Bio-Cyborgs in order to survive the five-level campaign. As for the game play, besides the interesting cyborg possession element, it's just another shooter. In lieu of the arcade version’s Stage 3 mid-boss, there are two exclusive mid-bosses in Stage 4. The firepower also gets weaker whenever the mech gets hit, until it completely explodes and the player must go through the capturing process all over again. I can't stress enough how important good music is to a game. Composed by Tsukasa Masuko. You know. There’s a major problem with this idea, and it comes down to the fact that putting this specific design element in a scrolling shooter is a poor decision. Don't really like this guy, but whatever. With several different mechs to possess, the possibilities for enjoyment here would be numerous, except they’re not. There are no traditional power-ups of any kind. And there's roughly seven of them to choose from! If you can stay interested long enough to reach the end there is no ending as the game simply loops. Here's hoping they put a twist on the everyday shooter, and we may just have that. Until you realize, wait a second. You have a rapid fire cannon that is incredibly weak. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for BlaZeon at Grain Beat / Odyssey : Another three cannon cyborg, but you are able to control where these cannons fire. When animated, they are smooth and fluid. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for BlaZeon at For some reason, Stages 3 and 4 have been switched in the Super NES game, and the beginning of Stage 4 is a recoloring of the beginning of the arcade version’s third stage. Literally. Hell, even the games they release now are typically better than average. Blue Flame Labs. Can't help but bob my head while I play this lol. Playing off of past successes isn’t a crime, but the developers are only fooling themselves if they think the robot-possessing saves the game from being a cumbersome and uninspired retread of better titles. In a confounding move by the developers, the ship can either perform a rapid-fire shot or eke out one bullet with each press of the action button. 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When the ship does merge successfully, then the size and movement properties of the new spacecraft must be considered; many of them are too big not to run the risk of crashing into an impending object and disappearing, and the only small controllable spacecraft there moves so erratically, it might just crash anyway. You do not want this to happen. The player travels in a spaceship from the left side of the screen to the right while swarms of enemy spaceships appear. Perhaps some day soon, future generations will be able to accept BlaZeon‘s Bio-Cyborg Challenge…, Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 350: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back. The player will see them way too often, not just because of their interchangeability but also because the player can get stuck on the same level constantly. In addition to the substantial changes, there are several minor and even weird changes. Sounds like an evolved form of Eevee. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. This is not a twitch shooter but at the same time the game desperately needed more action. It squanders its potential by doing nothing with its cool weapon system. The SNES saw its fair share of arcade ports initially. This page works best with JavaScript. Formed up in the late '80s, Athena is a largely Japan-only company, though plenty of their games have seen Western distribution. Games like Super R-Type manage their slow pace a lot better and show that you don’t need to be a Lightening Force to keep players entertained. Their advanced firing abilities can make easy work of enemies at the right times, and the variety of mechs there are along with the mechanic for capturing them would ideally set this game up as a Pokémon of shoot-em-ups. At first glance, Atlus’ 1992 shoot-em-up, BlaZeon: The Bio-Cyborg Challenge, may appear to be a Gradius knock-off without the upgrade system. A bit more options with this guy. The soundtrack was composed by former Atlus-regular: Tsukasa Masuko. Title : The Addams Family Release Date : 1991 Publisher : Ocean. When the action is going it can be exciting. Good for strafing runs lol. I'm taking a one day break from retro game reviews to talk about something that has been on my mind a lot the last year or so. Two large beam guns, and unlimited vertical shields which make it practically impenetrable. Shmup veterans will feel right at home piloting the Garland. I find the SNES Hub to be a rewarding outlet for my creativity (though not the only outlet), and I look forward to contributing to it further. Privacy Policy. When you were a gamer kid, face it, you didn't have a lot of money to spend on games. All this nitpicking, though, dismantles the entire game. This imbalance of action mechanics can send a player crashing to his death, and each unlimited continue puts him right back at the level’s beginning. This is going to be boring." BlaZeon is enough of a conceptual dud to make a player long for the comparatively genuine pace of BioMetal. Flareon. This Bio-Cyborg is armed with a wave beam and two forward-firing bombs, making this a good all-round cyborg. Don't ask me, I still don't know! Where are the power ups? Music from the SNES version of BlaZeon. As you’ve probably heard, appearances can be deceiving. Putting aside these new limitations, the robots may as well be the same peanut the player starts with; the majority of them maneuver at the same pace, and they all have the same quirk where the firepower lessens the farther back they go. Masuko fills each song with deep bass, striking percussion, and swaying leads. If you grew up in the birth of the video game era like I did, you are all too familiar with the process of purchasing said video games. Most take a few hits to destroy before you revert to the default ship. Umbreon. Shadow Blade : A speed demon of a cyborg with two cannons and a shield allowing it to be invincible for a few seconds. The oldest, largest and most accurate video game database covering over 280 platforms from 1950 to date! All told there are seven unique enemies that can be captured for your use. Atlus has BlaZeon‘s soundtrack available on Compact Disc. For some unexplained reason shooters seemed to be the hot genre released on the system early on. As member of the rebel forces, you jump into the cockpit of the Garland spaceship to battle the Bio-Cyborgs. It may be a shmup, but you've gotta admit, that is some pretty bad-ass box art. The interstellar vistas could be excused for their lazy pacing if they really did evoke some kind of awe, but the pipe-covered metal walls and shadowy background planets this game offers are generic sci-fi images that only inspire boredom. Although I’ve praised the capture system in Blazeon ultimately the game does little with it.