As a mercenary in the not-so-distant future, flying the super-advanced Raptor space fighter, you'll be sent on interplanetary missions to knock out your MegaCorp's top competitors. Battle against hordes of relentless enemies. Spend the bounties claimed for their demise to expand your devastating arsenal!
Discover secrets, find bonuses and battle boss ships that appear at the end of every wave! With each ship and ground target you destroy, you'll earn more cash to improve your ship's already formidable technology, in preparation for the next wave. You'll be sent out to kill and destroy... But then again, it's in your blood.
The 2010 Edition features improved graphics and native support for higher resolutions (640x400, 960x600 and 1280x800). Standard, oldschool graphics are also available.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2010-08-10 06:53:08 byDeus_Ex:
Saw this game appear on gog, had to share my two cents. This is one of those games that you tried to hunt down when you were a kid after playing the hell out of the shareware version. The problem was back in those days it was nigh impossible to get your hands on the full versions back where we lived, since none of us crazy kids owned credit cards and we never could find this gameread more on retail, so you just had to find someone who actually owned the game. Luckily, one of my friends had ordered one by post, and after 3 weeks of painful waiting we got our dirty hands on this gem.
It's a classic shoot'em'up in the style of Raiden, but in this game you could purchase upgrades between missions (levels) to further increase your deadliness. The enemies kept getting harder as levels progressed, never too slow or never too fast, and the game to me struck a perfect balance between challenging and entertaining, something which few modern games can accomplish. The music still plays in my mind every now and then, and the sound effects were good for it's time. The game was lengthy, and you could always replay it with the "elite" difficulty setting, something which we all must have tried at least once.
Damn it, all this nostalgia is making me all teary eyed. I guess I'll have to dish out 6 bucks for this game, if only for old time's sake. this game deserves it
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Posted on 2010-08-10 07:28:41 byGreyfox_Maquis:
To the random observer this would just seem to be another random top down shooter but raptor has it where it counts. The difficulty curve is just right as there is 4 areas in the game and each area is broken down into waves (levels) each one ending in a boss, some having multiple bosses. There is also difficulty levels ranging from the easy rookie mode to the hard as nails eliteread more mode to provide plenty of challange. Also as far as i remember the save function in raptor was also unique for its time so you can just carry on where you left off which is just as well as the game is actually fairly long.
The actual gameplay is pretty self explanitory as you fly your eurofighter / f-14 mashup across the map eventually reaching a boss or a base to destroy. Sounds simple but you can guarentee that the enemy wont make it that easy, especially on elite
Another nice feature is the ability to upgrade your jet with new weapons, usually in a top down shooter you would expect you just pick up weapons as you go along which is half true as there are some weapon pickups in some levels but for the most part you buy your weapons from "Harold's Death Emporium" between levels with your money earned from destroying stuff.
The graphics are quite refreshing, just look at the screenies and its fantastic especially since this was from the DOS era with some nice attention to detail like they bothered to put in a image of the plane banking when you go left or right, you can move quite freely around the screen and you'll need that especially on the harder difficulties to avoid all the projectiles. There also includes atleast 2 night levels and if you are bored with the enemy set (which is very varied and each with their own unique way of attack) there is even a cheat to replace all the enemies with farmyard animals (although i havnt tried it yet)
In Short i think good gameplay, replayability and its good on the eyes too so i'd reccomend this even if shooters arn't quite your thing, you might still be surprised
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Posted on 2010-08-10 06:17:13 bylambi:
Ahh. Apogee, Raptor.... This one goes back quite a while now. I used to be playing the shareware demo for days. One of the best "scrolling action games" IMHO. Just the right balance between being difficult enough to be challenging and while not being frustrating.
Gameplay is as easy as it gets, you fly from bottom to the top through a scrolling scenery, blastingread more every ground and air opponent you encounter. What sets Raptor apart is (apart from the well-balanced difficulty)
a) variety; just when you have seen enough of a particular background and enemy tileset, there's a big boss encounter and you get transported to the next environment;
b) the upgrade system, where you spend the money earned on each mission to improve your weapons, add shields etc. It's just enough to always give you a slight edge over the bad guys and keeps you motivated.
This one's definitely a game where you can encounter that wretched "just one more level at 2 a.m." phenomenon. Cheers to gog for picking up this little gem.
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