Raptor: Call of the Shadows (raptor_man.7z)

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I remember this game (Mostly the Enhanced Windows 9x Version though I did eventually discovered the DOS Original on my Duke Nukem 3D CD)
This was one of the best top down shooters I've played when I was very little. It was fun to play, the controls where great and the graphics where awesome:)

Oh yes, this was actually one of my very first PC games and i enjoyed it hell of a lot :) Also, as a kid i thought it would never end, but give me more and more new stages...
Mr Creosote:
Well, Raptor is obviously aimed at 'casual' gamers. You know, the adult gamer who comes home from work and just wants to relax in front of the monitor a bit. That's the kind of person who'd own an IBM PC at that time. Not the young 'expert' gamers with sharply trained reflexes who'd of course prefer the likes of R-Type.

Side scroller sound better than vertical scroller. After all the upper border it is still a side.

It may be just because I got used to R-Type games, where you die a lot and end with such a bullet dodging skills you amaze yourself (in some games the screen gets filled with bullets leaving a few clear zones to travel through). So it looks a bit lacking to me this one.

Mr Creosote:

This is usually the line other people say to me, but I think you're a little harsh on the game.

Of course, you're perfectly right about it not being too original, and yes, it's nowhere near as good as the reputation it has these days suggests. This certainly isn't up to the playability of Uridium and it also doesn't have the flashy graphics and ever-changing level design of Banshee. It doesn't even have the original two-player mode of Silkworm.

Yet, it does have its merits. First and foremost, it's really well playable. Not as ultra-fast (=unplayable) as many games of the genre. I like the way the game helps the player with little things, like the shadows the enemies cast before entering the screen.

You did talk about the weapons. It's good to see there isn't the 'perfect' weapon. Sure, the auto-targetting ones are very convenient, but they're also not nearly as destructive as some others. In way too many games, weapon upgrades just mean higher firing frequency or something along those (boring) lines.

And, well, I thought the apes attacking you by throwing bananas are a nice touch as well. This actually made me reset my system date all the time :)

By the way, I really like that you call it a side scroller, even though the action is clearly viewed from above and scrolling vertically ;)