– An excellent alternative to Zintrick
is Taito’s Pop ‘n Pop
– while it takes on a more traditional top-to-bottom orientation, its “rotate, then shoot” mechanic is the same. An extra twist is that your “playfield” is a cloud which shifts side-to-side and gradually approaches you, similar to the aliens in Space Invaders
– to help pop all the colored balloons before you’re zapped, stray ones sometimes float by and can be “pinned” to the cloud for some extra help, while stuff you don’t want can simply be flung past it altogether. Another possible choice is the Japanese Saturn exclusive Pappara Paoon
. Oh, and before I forget, here’s one last quick tip to conclude the lesson – to play as hidden ninja character “Ryu Eagle” in Zintrick
, set the game to “Free Play”, highlight Subberg (the muscular guy on the left) hold Up and B, and press A to select him. Enjoy!
So, you’ve made it through your first “Advanced” course – how’s it feel? Hopefully your gaming horizons have been broadened at least a little bit by now…part of an educator’s job satisfaction comes from seeing his students grow in their aspirations along the way, after all. Is there a question there, in the back? Hm? “Will there be any more ochige lessons,” you ask? Well, to tell you the truth, there’s…oh, drat, a fire drill, now of all times. Let’s get this overwith, then: afterwards, make sure to start preparing for next week’s lecture. Be seeing you!
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