Flying Squadron 2, in action!"
I have a bit of a platform game soft spot,
and with relatively few Saturn reviews done, I thought I'd
give you a view of this gem. The story starts with an incredible
cartoon intro. Himiko 'The pompous queen of ancients'
steals one of the orbs (see the screen below) from Rami's
family. (Rami is the heroine you play as in this
game). Before she can get away with it 'Dr Pon' (An
evil raccoon with an IQ of 1400?!) steals it from her. Rami
then finds out that when she finds all six orbs, she will
gain incredible wealth. She is forced by her grandma to go
after Dr Pon and to track down all the orbs. (including the
stolen one). Rami puts on her 'Bunny suit' (!) and starts
chasing Dr Pon. Well, there's a story you don't
see every day..
The first Keio game was based on
2D shooting levels only. This time the gameplay is far more
varied; One moment you have to complete a bunch of platform
levels, next you're riding Spot (the green pet dragon,
a familiar face from the first game) while blasting away in
horizontal shooter action. There are loads of different background-themes
to be seen, like forests, theme parks, swimming bits and even
some outer space levels. This really makes for a greatly varied
game and certainly is one of the game's best points.
Just like about every other platform game
or 2D shooter in existance, there's a big selection of bosses
to battle as well. While in most cases these bosses come in
very common shapes (tanks, planes, animals) the bosses in
Keio 2 are truely bizarre (but still very cool).
See some of the screens and you'll know what I mean.
This game also features a great amount of cut scenes which
both gives you an idea of your next target and show most
of the (highly amusing) story elements.
dinner is about to be abruptly ended...
key to a secret(!).
The game is split into five chapters. The first chapter is
based on the chase for Dr Pon and Himiko. After Rami finds
out about the orbs she proceeds to the 'Underground kingdom'
(chapter 2 ) which features a cool (and hard) moving train
level. Chapter 3 is based on a amusement park. A rollercoaster
level, a dive in the park pool and (again) some seriously
weird bosses. In chapter four Rami leaves earth and rides
spot again in a shooter level (way into outer space), gets
chased by hordes of mad ninjas and -surprise- battles even
more mad bosses. The fifth and final chapter is one of the
most amusing ones. Rami enters a martial arts tournament (some
great cut scenes) and the story ends in a very surprising
way...but I won't spoil it, you really need to check it out
The game automaticly saves after
each chapter, which can be -as Rami would say- 'A real drag',
because to replay earlier levels you'd have to start all over
again. It doesn't really make the game much harder, though.
There's lots of secret places to be found, which contain various
extra lifes and continues as well as various other items such
as Bunny dolls (100 of them earns you an extra life). Another
thing that makes the stages of this game so good, is that
they can be completed in multiple ways. Nearly all the platform
levels have different routes, including some very hard to
find ones that will spray you with bonuses. It will be a major
task finding them all, believe me.
There's three main weapons to
collect; 'The hammer of Dreams' (good for bashing your enemies
with), 'The umbrella of love' (which can be used to float
as well as attack with) and the 'Arrow of hope' (a bow, bit
of a crap weapon, really). These weapons are a real must,
because apart from coming in handy to dispose of the bad guys,
they also protect you from being killed instantly. (When Rami
gets hit while carrying one of these weapons she will drop
it first). Because some of the levels are pretty long, it's
nice to see the developers added some restart points as well.
shooting bits from the first game are back!
humorous mini-game in action
Keio 2 is such a nice game because
it's filled with loads of cool little extras. Should you be
able to locate a Spot icon, you will enter a bonus
level in which you'll be able to gain loads of points by bouncing
yourself all the way to the top of the level. Loads of seemingly
'static' scenery can be picked up as well; statues, crates
and even complete houses(!). It can be used to kill enemies
with, gain (or lose) points by performing certain actions
with them and some of the later levels feature some cool mini-games
based on these objects (see above).
Another funky extra is the image gallery. By doing really
well in the main game you will unlock various pictures in
the gallery, some of which are rather crazy. To unlock the
final picture you will need to do some serious level exploring!
Should you do bad, however (which is easy, every time you
get hit you'll lose five precious points, compared to gaining
just one for defeating most enemies), the game will help you
by unlocking various gameplay hints instead of pictures.
Altogether, Keio flying squadron 2
is a very varied game and certainly one of the best 2D Saturn
platform games. Get a copy and you won't be disappointed!
on..tell me you love these graphics!
While it's 'just a 2D platformer',
it still manages to impress you, thanks to the
varied backgrounds, colourful graphics and cool sprite effects.
There's loads of
small background jokes for those with a keen eye. Very nice
intro and cut-scenes.
Some atmospheric background tunes in the right places, coupled
with a couple
of decent action ones. Nice use of SFX and speech.
Very varied gameplay including platform, puzzle and shooting
The controls are simple and work well.
A little easy on the easiest level but the hard mode is a
Loads of hidden rooms, bonus rounds, artwork and others things
to be found.