"R-Type DX" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 1999 by Nintendo. It is a part of a long standing series of the same name. In the United States, the ESRB panel rated the game "E" which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The title is released as an action title; more specifically the "shoot em up" type. There is little by the way of an introduction stor.y and wider reading revealed that the player is sent into outer space to combat a pending alien invasion; not particularly remarkable but does create an enjoyable setting. The player has the option to select five modes of play in this title which feature ports of the original black and white games (type one and two) and the newer colour remastered games. The game is presented as a side scrolling title which sees the player piloting a space craft through various settings in attempt to eliminate extra terrestrial enemies. There is little by the way of challenge in the game with the player simply being required to hit the "A" and "B" buttons repeatedly to fire the on-board weapons. The missions become slightly repetitive with the same task continually being required of the player, though the developers of the title added a wide array of various power-ups and other functions to offer a readily expandable play.
The graphics of this title are superb and make full use of the Gameboy Color's available technology. The detailing is sharp and shows considerable effort in the "colour enhanced" versions with use of a wide palette of colours. I found the audio to be somewhat standard as far as Gameboy titles are with some pleasant tunes to suit a quicker paced action game well.
While the game may not be particularly difficult, R-Type DX offers a solid gameplay experience which very rarely could be duplicated in between sessions due to the presence of assorted power-ups. I would recommend this title to prospective buyers.
Making up this cartridge are the original Game Boy R-Type and R-Type II games, their new colour versions, and R-Type DX - the two enhanced games played back-to-back.
The R-Type games do not place much emphasis on it's story - only the original version of R-Type II here sets itself in some sort of context. Still, those with a Game Boy Color (or equivalent) would be forgiven for overlooking the originals, especially when they appear to exhibit similar faults with their enhanced versions (which I picked to play).
Graphically, R-Type DX showcases some neat effects - notably the laser reflecting off the walls - as well as some nice animation. However, the Arrowhead is a fairly sizeable target - making the play area a far from spacious one - and it does not help that the ship's collision parameters are questionable. While the occasional slowdown is forgiveable, enemy fire can often disappear because of sprite flickering issues, making one boss almost unplayable. GRR...
Of the three control configurations the Auto 2 setting is able to cater fairly well for both rapid-fire and charging whilst keeping shield launching convenient. The game does bring a speed-up issue to the table though - none and the ship is perhaps a bit sluggish and one too many it becomes difficult to control - but you'll do well to have it down as food for thought.
As ever in R-Type you learn the hard way that is, by dying you'll come to figure out the only possible way to progress. This at least, demands you concentrate - it's rare that you can just sit back and simply blast away. There are bosses at the end of the stages, but the majority of these can make for an easy encounter because of the relative safe spots, which are not exactly hard to find.
Barring one boss (because of the sprite flicker) I was able to clear all the enhanced game stages on the hardest difficulty setting. This is not the toughest R-Type game for sure, with the infinite continues and level select making it accessible. On the strength of the lineup the game definitely succeeds, but unforunately the graphical problems prevent this from being a great title.
R-Type is a brilliant slice of retro shoot em up action. There are essentially 5 games on the pak, R-Type and R-Type 2 in the original black and white, the same games specially coloured, and R-Type DX which combines the 2 games into a seamless alien blast fest. You have to fight against an armada of vicious aliens from the Bydo empire, piloting just one little ship. But - you get some wicked power ups to help you on your way. R-Type is a side-scrolling shooter, with waves of aliens coming at you, and you need quick reflexes and a quicker thumb to survive! The action is fast, the game is wonderfully challenging, and the graphics are clear and smooth, with some nice little effects. The end-of-level baddies are HUGE! The sound is GREAT! The gameplay is COMPULSIVE! If you want a piece of nostalgia, play this. If you want the best hand-held shooter, get this. If you want a challenge, get this. Basically... get this!!!