Image Fight © 1990 Irem Corp.
Image Fight is a vertical shooter by Irem and conversion of their own arcade game originally released in 1988. In the year 20xx, aliens from a distant galaxy have successfully destroyed our central computer on the moon and various other human military targets. Earth scientists decide to send their latest OF-1 space-fighter and their best pilots to counter the invasion. Image Fight, however, requires the player to first complete five Combat Simulation Stages before unlocking the last three Real Combat Stages. Beside, these real stages can only be accessed if the achievement rating is greater than 90% at the end of the simulation phase! The first major features of the game are flying pods that come in two different colors - red pods fire opposite to the way the ship is moving and blue pods only fire forward. The OF-1 can however only carry three pods at the same time and pressing the two buttons simultaneously throws them at the enemies for fairly heavy damage. Special weapon components can also be attached to the ship - they come in nine flavors such as Reflective Balls, Drilling Laser, V-Cannon, Rippling Laser and so forth. However, only one component can be equipped at the same time and the only way to install a new one is to receive a frontal hit.
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