With multi-weapon shooting!
Andro Dunos, a horizontal shoot-em-up from developers Visco, is one of my favourite Neo Geo games. Most people don’t rate the game too highly but, as an arcade shooter, it ticks lots of boxes for me.
The ships (named Yellow Cherry and Red Fox) control really well; your weapons handle the action nicely; level design is clean and offers variety; the difficulty curve is just right.
Everything I love about shmups is in Andro Dunos. It even had nice artwork in its promo material!
And yet, there is something missing.
I don’t think Andro Dunos does anything new or innovative. Weapon powerups are a mix of Gradius and R-Type. Level designs take liberties with classics like Salamander and Thunder Force. You’ll probably get a sense of deja vu throughout the 45 minutes it’ll take you to play through its 8 stages.
The only original thing from the game is the striking artwork at the head of this post, taken from the Neo Geo CD release. Makes a nice change from the generic ships-in-space images that are usually used. See above flyer for a prime example.
You can watch the game played through on the RetroGameWorld YouTube channel:
I’m not the only one who likes Andro Dunos. Whilst researching the game, I found that someone has created a tshirt design which you can buy over at Etsy.
The only way you can play Andro Dunos is on the Neo Geo – any flavour, just as long as it has an SNK badge.
This post continues a new series from me:
An irreverent and artistic A-Z of Neo Geo Gaming.
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