Lasso - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Lasso (1982)

Christopher Tupa has managed to do it once again. With Lasso, his pick for this week’s Retro Arcade Art. The artist has chosen yet another title that I’ve not had the pleasure of playing before. Kaos, Inferno, Devil Fish, as well as Beezer. All classic arcade titles from the Golden Age of Arcades. However with Lasso it is a case that I’ve never even heard of the game before!

Lasso was released by SNK in 1982. You might recognize the company name for some of their later arcade games. Such as Main Event, TNK III, Victory Road, and Guerrilla War to name a few. Although with Lasso the setting is a little more peaceful, as you play a cowboy with intentions on cleaning up the ranch of various animals.

Sheep, cattle, and possibly demon possessed horses are what the Player will attempt to round up.
Lasso - Sheep

While that GIF might show the cowboy on horseback. The Player is in fact on foot for the 3 stages that make up Lasso. By standing still and pressing the lasso button, the Player is able to control how far the lariat is thrown. Releasing said button will create a loop and capture the peaceful animals within. Obviously the more sheep, cattle and horses you capture, the more points you receive.
Lasso - Big Points

Bear in mind that while the Player is attempting this they need to avoid rabid wolves who will chase you as well as…dragons. I assume this is how the wild west earned its name, right? The Player at the very least is able to hurl rocks at the wolves and dragons.
Lasso - Rocks

Now I know I said the animals on the range like sheep were peaceful. But the truth of the matter is if they make contact with you, just like the Wolves and Dragon steam, it will cost you a life.
Lasso - Dragon

Lasso is an interesting game. I have been able to find very little information on the game through the usual sources. In fact it isn’t even available to play in the Internet Archive Arcade.

Lasso - Arcade Flyer Archive

Flyer courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Thankfully though we can see Lasso in action, by way of YouTube!

[Via] Old Classic Retro Gaming

As always with CTupa’s Retro Arcade Art project, you can purchase the artwork featured in this post. The originals are ink and watercolor and are 5″x7″ on 8.5″x11″ size paper. You can hop on over to Christopher’s Official Site to contact him as well as check out more artwork from his project!

I hope you won’t forget to check out CTupa’s previous entries in his Retro Arcade Art Project as well!

Andro Dunos CD

Fight the Space Battle of the Century in Andro Dunos

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!

Andro Dunos flyer

And yet, there is something missing.

Originality

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.

Andro Dunos T-Shirt

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.