Zen-Ichi

Zen-Ichi

Zen-Ichi is a Japanese shooter that features three ships to choose from, each with a different set of weapon configuration.Zen-Ichi is a manic shooter. Think about Battle Garegga for the rank control and Dodonpachi for the colorful bullets. Here’s an overview of the game system by Iaspis and shoe-sama.

“It’s a decent looking shmup, focusing mainly on gameplay.
In the beginning, you have 3 types of craft to choose from, each with its own main weapon that can be powered up a bit by collecting certain pick ups. The game starts on the easy side but evenyually gets pretty manic, which is fine by me.
The main trick of the game is to harvest as many blue crystals as you can, filling the upper crystal meter, so that you may either replenish your one-hit shield (in case you lost it), or have the chance to enter super harvest mode, where you can collect purple crystals (instead of blue) that fill up your bomb meter, thus gain more bombs. Bullet scratching also fills your bomb meter but at a very slow rate.
The weak point of the game is sprite design. The ships look blury and a bit choppy, which can’t be good. The backgrounds are a bit monotonous too, The weak point of the game is sprite design. The ships look blury and a bit choppy, which can’t be good. The backgrounds are a bit monotonous too, but hey, that was the case in ChoRenSha (which still rocks) wasn’t it? Still, the gameplay makes up for these drawbacks in my oppinion. What do you think of it?”

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