• Publisher: Electric Dreams
• Developer:
Rainbow Arts
Release Date: 1988
Manfred Trenz
GFX: Unknown
Music: Chris Hülsbeck

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 72%
Our Game Rating: 80%


FILE: rtypeend.zip


> R-TYPE by Electric Dreams

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

R-Type is one of the best shoot-em-up's on the C64 in my opinion. It's a very good conversion of the original arcade game. There are 8 levels to fight your way through before confronting the final alien boss at the end.


The ending begins...

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using an infinite lives cheat.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: I eventually destroyed the final boss, which was very easy, but took a lot of shooting. At one point I thought he wasn't going to die, but eventually he exploded. The scenery then fades and your ship continues through space. After that you get a cinematic message of thanks scrolling up the screen while many spaceships fly past.


  • Neil: A fine game and an ending to match. You need to play this game if you are a shoot-em-up fan.

  • Vinny: Here's another one of those 'Marmite' type of games: you either love it or hate it. I just can't seem to get on with the main sprite as it just looks sloppy and incorrectly coloured. Anyway, the ending is cool and deserves the 6/10 that Neil has given it.

  • Andy Vaisey: I could never get on with this 'official' conversion; I much preferred the 'unofficial' Katakis. Yes, I know it was done by the same people, but R-Type feels rushed, which of course it was. Anyway the point is mute, because with the likes Armalyte and a wealth of budget shooters like I.O. and Slayer, R-Type struggles to be seen in the crowd. Don't get me wrong, R-Type isn't a bad game but it's hampered by a poor tape multiload system and, now for the world to see, a really poor ending.

  • Andrew Fisher: I never rated the C64 version of R-Type either, but then you can make allowances for the team completing the game in only 6 weeks... That's quite a nice ending.

  • Brendan Phoenix: Cant really call the ending as it's a near as damn it replica of the arcade original, so kudos for that. Above average

FINAL SAY: A fitting end to a classic game.

G.E. RATING: 6 / 10

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