SOTM October 2023: Guardian Force, Thunder Force III/AC

opt2not

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Shmup of the Month
October 2023

[General Rules]
- Default settings, 1 credit
- Post a screenshot/photo of your score with the score entry format listed below.

Guardian Force
(Arcade, Saturn, Switch)

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[Hi-Scores]
Player - Score - Stage - Platform
1. Dogg - 2,622,740 - 3 - STV
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Thunder Force III / AC / Spirits
(Arcade, Mega Drive/Genesis, SNES, etc.)
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There seems to be lots of ports for this game, but the major releases is the original Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega C2 arcade platform. The SNES version titled “Thunder Spirits” is a modified port that is slightly different than the original.

We’ll run 3 separate tables for these versions, and any other ports will be lumped into the table based on what version they’re based off.

[Hi-Scores]
➡️ Mega Drive/Genesis:
Player - Score - Platform **
1. Johnny16Bit - 1,233,340 - Mega Drive
2. Atro - 1,061,590 - Mega Drive
3. gusmoney - 446,270 - Sega Genesis
4. roker - 443,220 - Sega Genesis
5. Dogg - 128,930 - Sega Genesis
6.
**Due to a feature of this version giving you a choice to choose your stages, we’ll just need the following for the Hi-score table

➡️ Arcade:
Player - Score - Stage - Platform
1. The Chief - 180,380 - Stage 3 - MAME
2. opt2not - 177,160 - stage 3 - PCB
3.
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5.

➡️ SNES:
Player - Score - Stage - Platform
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4.
5.



Bonus Halloween Game:
Deathsmiles
(Arcade, Xbox360, PS4, XB1, Switch)

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[Rules]
- Arcade mode
- Default Settings, 1 credit

[Hi Scores]
Player - Score - Stage - Character - Platform
1. roker - 13,066,944 - 2/2 - Rosa - 360
2. Dogg - 10,721,729 - 3/1 - Rosa - 360
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opt2not

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Always find it interesting when console games get back-ported to Arcade hardware. Thunder Force III is one of those rare occasions. Came out on console first, then formatted and rereleased in the arcade. They removed the Stage select of the console version, and made the progression linear.
There are not many games that started life on console, then pushed to arcade after. At least not in the older era’s. Modern games seem to do this a bunch.
 

ggallegos1

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That damn default high score in Deathsmiles gets me. Will try to post a score tonight or tomorrow.
 

mjmjr25

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I adore Deathsmiles hard. So long as I don't save level III difficulty for the descent to hell stage or the swamp, I usually can coast to the last 2 stages. Activate hyper at right times is key of course - specifically on level II or III diffictulty and never within 15 seconds of boss-fight.
 

opt2not

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Threw this one up on stream. Tough game, gonna have to put a lot of time into it to figure it out.

Thunder force AC:

opt2not - 177,160 - stage 3 - PCB

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mjmjr25

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Not sure why i'm not scoring well in DS. Nothing worthy of posting yet. I think I need to mix up my rank level to maximize my hyper better.

Guardian Force I am just terrible at. I'll give it a shot later on, but just one that doesn't click with me.
 

opt2not

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Scores updated.

I’m going to put in some more time into Thunder Force AC, then try the Genesis version. Enjoying this game.

Gonna try to throw up a Guardian Force score too. Always enjoyed that game. Probably a better version of Granada.
 

opt2not

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Ugh, TF3 is frustrating with all the cheap deaths…
It definitely takes a lot of memorization. Lots of dirty quick enemy spawns from behind, above and below you. I seem to die mostly by collisions with enemies popping out from behind.
 

Atro

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You have to play more "central" In TF3.

I find 4 way harder. Chose the right weapons and bosses are toast.
 

Neodogg

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I have no idea what I’m doing on DS…it’s like fighters and I just button smash…

Dogg - 10,721,729 - 3/1 - Rosa - 360
 

Neodogg

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I'm about to fire up Guardian Force just so Dogg isn't the only one on the scoreboard. Who voted for it this month and shamefully neglected to play it?
You better fire up Dealth too
 
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