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Galaxy Force 2


Galaxy Force II (c) 1988 Sega.


A superb sprite-scaling shoot-em-up from Sega, in which a single player must battle their way through a number of superbly rendered, space-themed levels. Action switches between open space battles and planet-based levels; with tight, enemy packed tunnel sections ('enemy bases') seperating each level. Galaxy Force II took the space-based shooting action of 1985's "Space Harrier" and, to a lesser degree, "After Burner" and improved upon both in every conceivable way. The game's pace is much slower paced than either "Space Harrier" or "After Burner", making game progression more a result of actual skill than the blind luck often associated with those earlier titles.


Elements of Galaxy Force II were also influenced by several NON-shooting Sega games; in particular the branching roads of 1986's "Out Run". At the end of each of Galaxy Force II's stages, after the player has fought through the end-of-level 'enemy fortress'; are tunnel sections offering a choice of left or right. Again, the choice made dictates which level the player tackles next.


Galaxy Force II also demonstrated just how far Sega could push its then legendary sprite scaling technonolgy, with the visual rendition of some levels - such as when the player is flying above the surface of a volcanic planet, complete with solar flares and volcanic eruptions - being nothing short of spectacular.


- TECHNICAL -


Sega Y Board hardware


Main CPU : (3x) 68000 (@ 12.5 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 4 Mhz), Sega (@ 4 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 24576


Players : 1

Control : stick

Buttons : 2


- TRIVIA -


The deluxe cabinet is a large simulator, with the player seated in front of the large monitor. Both cabinet and monitor tilt 45 degrees to the left or the right depending upon the player's chosen fight path.


The cabinet for the first 'Galaxy Force' game was much more impressive than the more basic one of its successor.


Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (G.S.M. SEGA 1 - D28B0002) on 07/07/1988.


- SERIES -


1. Galaxy Force (1988)

2. Galaxy Force II (1988)


- STAFF -


Sound composer : Jouji Iijima


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Sega Master System (1989)

Sega Mega Drive (1990)

FM Towns Marty (1990)

Sega Saturn (1998)


* Computers :

Commodore Amiga (1990)