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Old 04-08-2011, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Armed Police Batrider







Armed Police Batrider is the perfect example of what a shmup should be. Even though you don’t really ride on bats, the odd title really caught my attention the first time I saw it. The controls handle beautifully. There are three buttons, one for your standard gun and another for the Bomber Attack, which makes you invincible during the attack. The third button is for shifting the formation of your assist turret power ups, however, not all the selectable characters have this ability.



APB allows you to select from four different game modes: Training, Normal, Advance and Special.


In Training Mode, you have AUTO BOMBER enabled. What that means is that when you are about to be shot down, it automatically does the Bomber Attack as a counter. Granted you have to actually have Bomber Attacks left for it to work though. I really don’t like the Auto Bomber as it is a bit too trigger happy and way over protective for my liking. This mode is also the shortest mode with only 3 stages and a boss at the end of each stage to beat.

In Normal Mode, you no longer have the Auto Bomber feature and are given five stages and an equal number of bosses to beat. Here the enemies are shoot at you a bit more than in Training Mode. Aside from that and the increase of two stages, Normal Mode is probably where you should start playing to get a feel of the game and to see just how awesome it is without being overly challenged.

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Advance Mode, you get to play the game in its entirety. You have seven stages to complete and they are all difficult. All the enemies here shoot at you constantly and are very aggressive. The bosses also get tougher as they shoot a bit faster and more often than in the Normal and Training mode. This mode will truly test your skills and concentration, giving you a real feeling of satisfaction at the end if you manage to beat the game here.

In Special Mode, you are fully powered up and only duel against the bosses in the game. All of them. They are in Advance Mode difficulty, so it’s not going to be a walk in the park even if you’re fully powered up. Again, Auto Bomber is turned off.




Once you select a mode to play in, you will get one more set of options before you select your characters. You have four options:

Select Team:
Here you have three teams of set characters: The Police Team, Psychic Team and Criminal Team.

Team Edit
: Here you get to hand pick a team of three from a total of 18 characters! Each of the characters has their unique standard gun and Bomber Attack, as well as speed and size of their ship. So play them all to see which ones fit your style best. Also, depending on which button you pressed, the ship and attack colors will change.

Random Edit:
This option randomly selects your team from all 18 characters.

Select Player:
This last option allows you to select only one character instead of three. This if my preferred option as it allows you to get used to a particular characters attacks, range and movement speed.








Armed Police Batrider is not for those who don’t appreciate a good challenge. APB is still a shmup, but it branches off to what is termed as a “bullet hell” or “maniac shooter” game. This particular sub-genre requires the player to dodge an overwhelming number of projectiles from multiple angles. The only way to beat these games is practice and memorizing the shot patterns. The graphics are top notch and still hold up very well to this day. The colors are well balanced and allow you to see all the projectiles that are sent your way without blending into the background or being overshadowed by your own attacks. The soundtrack is fast paced and fun helping to maintain a steady rhythm. Many games shmup games tend to overlook the soundtrack to the game, but APB hit it dead on.
Overall, this is one hell of a game that is well rounded for players of any skill level, while keeping die hard shmup players drooling for more.


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So, this is a bullet hell game, I am the worst at them. I do still enjoy them, but some of them give you a one pixel margin of error, that one pixel you can be off and still avoid the bullets.

If you like bullet hell, try "Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil", that game is pretty awesome.


Good review though, I like your reviews.
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This one isn't that extreme to say you have only one pixel margin of error. It's faster than the game you're talking about. Those seem to be more modern and take it a bit too far.
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"Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil" does get pretty fast, and it gives you a tolerable margin of error, that is why I enjoy it. It is damn-near impossible, yet I can still do decent enough at it to feel good about it.
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