Music Friday: Scrambled Valkyrie

 

Hello! Let’s all tread together the treacherous path of the final day of the work week joined by some great music!

Do you like shmups? Shoot-’em-ups! That game genre about ships that fly, shooting everything in sight, usually while dodging insane amounts of enemy fire? R-Type, Gradius, Axelay and many more are well known to gamers of the genre. There’s a particular Japanese shmup that I didn’t find out until years later because it never came to America.

Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie is based on the Macross anime, which us American audiences (at least those old enough) may know as “Robotech“. I really liked the show as a child, so when I found out this game existed I checked it out using SNES emulation. The game is excellent, one of the best shmups I have played. The formula is pretty much intact and the spin is that, as in the series, your ship can transform between 3 stances: ship, ship with legs, full robot mode (they probably have proper names) and each mode has different weapons and speed.

The soundtrack is good, though far from spectacular – shmups are not particularly contenders to “OST of the Year”. The BGM from the first level, though, is quite catchy and compliments the action very well; this is the theme I share today!

 

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