This episode of Weekend Fun at Ghacks is reviewing a straight 2D shooter called Arachnos that reminds me of those old Gradius titles that I loved to play back then on the SNES. You choose the type of weapon that your ship is equipped with and realize that this will be a hell of a ride after the first waves of enemy hit the screen.
As with Gradius it is possible to move up and down as well which moves the screen that way. This adds an element of strategy to Arachnos making it easier to play but more confusing as well. The enemies shoot so many bullets in the later stages that it requires good hand-eye coordination to be able to survive.
It is essential to gather as many weapon upgrades as possible if you want to survive. Every level has the usual boss enemy which is hard to beat even if you have the weapon upgrades.
Arachnos uses roughly 22 Megabytes on your hard drive and does not have to be installed. It is pure fun and motivates the player to try it again just one more time if the enemies again manage to blow a hole in all of your ships.
Update: Here is a video of the boss battles of the game
The download location has changed. You can now download the latest version of the shoot'em up game from the Japanese Vector website. Please note that you may need translation for the website to find the correct download links. This version of the game, Arachnos 1.85, has a size of about 8 Megabytes.
It should be compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system.
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