RetroRevisited: MUSHA, Task Force Harrier EX, Silpeed (Sega Shmups)


Retrorevisited is a stream series where I revisit a game or a game series i haven’t played in over 10 or 20 years. I’ll go through to try see what i remember until a game over or I run out of continues. In some cases muscle memory may slowly return, in others probably not. This is a chance for me to revisit games of my youth that i enjoyed have or had at one point and bring more to the retro community with mini-reviews of them too. If I decide to play one later and do a full review, parts of the mini-review would be incorporated into it. Depending on the playstyle and graphics of the games the review will either be mini-reviews or one about all games in this session..

So one night I decided to do a night of Sega shumps that i grew up with. I’ve never been that big on shmups or Sega games but these 3 are ones I’ve played or had at one point: M.U.S.H.A, Task Force Harrier EX, and Silpheed. Still wishing M.U.S.H.A. wasn’t going for so much or else I’ve make another run for it on ebay. I had a blast with them once I started remembering the controls and some muscle memory began to kick in. So here’s the video of it, Some mini-reviews follow.

M.U.S.H.A.: I wish I picked this up at Funcoland back when I was a teen like my friend did, i forgot how banging this game is!! This game has great play control and an amazing heavy metal soundtrack! You’re a flying mech fighting off invaders in the form of giant baby faces, planes, and other enemies. The bosses are large and colorful. You have your main weapon, add-ons that you can set in different directions and different sub-weapons that can be powered up in the form of lightning beams, bombs, and a shield. if you can get this at a reasonable price, do it, or play the rom!

TASK FORCE HARRIER EX: So I played this from my step-father and we both enjoy it. it’s base don the arcade game of the same title, minus the ex. You’re a lone fighter blasting your way through the enemy forces to save your country. The graphics are average and not very colorful, save for the cute anime girl who gives you your missions at the start of each level. The music on the other hand is great! Your plane has different shot options that you pick up, along with support planes and different types of bombs to drop between the air and the ground assault levels.

SILPHEED: This was one of the last ports of Silpheed made before the company went under and I very much enjoy this shooter! The graphics and fmv are definitely dated to today’s standards but they’re fun to watch. The music is great, I especially still love stage 1’s track to this day, and the voice-overs are clear, even if annoying after awhile. Your ship gains different options after each level, along with bombs. Fun game to kick back for an afternoon run!


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