Blast Wind (1997)
By: Techno Soft Genre: Shooting Players: 1-2 Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Featured Version: Sega Saturn First Day Score: 472,450
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TFIII) but the sprites are less impressive. Some are superb and look very much like the complex, mechanical devices I assume they're meant to be, and there's some Mode 7-style scaling going on here and there, but some enemies just look like indistinct shapes (one example on the third stage are literally just featureless blue circles), and there aren't too many different examples either. I wouldn't go as far as calling Blast Wind an ugly game but it's too zoomed-in for an arcadey vertical-scroller and a good deal of it just seems rather messy and disorganised to me as well. The bosses are often the most visually striking aspect of a game like this but even they are disappointing here. Some are okay but many are bland and indistinctly-coloured, leaving little impression.
Batsugun, for example, was released four years earlier and features far superior sprites and weapon effects. One area that did impress, however, was the synth-rock soundtrack which is superb. It does get somewhat drowned out by the loud spot effects but they can be turned off if you so desire. Either way, though, you're probably not going to get to enjoy it for long. As mentioned earlier, there aren't many stages but they're also rather short as well so, alternate routes or not, you're likely to see everything here in an alarmingly short amount of time.
RKS Score: 6/10