I’m a huge fan of side scrolling shooters like DARIUSBURST SP. Although my skills are not nearly as high today as they were over 20 years ago, I still enjoy them. The biggest problem I have on mobile platforms is easy finding good side scrolling shooters.
DARIUSBURST SP has ancestry
For those new to this series, DARIUS was brought to North America under the title SAGAIA. I remember seeing it under that title on the Sega Genesis console. Then later I saw a game called DARIUS Twin for the Super Nintendo. Back then I didn’t put two and two together, but later it was a fun Easter egg.
Ideal for newbies
DARIUSBURST SP is great for people like me or people new to the genre. It’s not a “bullet hell” shooter – it’s usually overhead scrolling. You can just play and enjoy this game without affecting your skills.
There are also branched paths through the game so you can try different routes. One too hard? It may be easier (or more difficult) the next time you play through with a different route.
DARIUSBURST SP on cell phones is interesting. The developers adjusted the controls for touch screens and added a few things. First of all there’s new music from ZUNTATA, great news. Next up we have an SP mode that acts like a remix of the game. The SP mode also includes new enemy patterns and redesigned boss fights.
The DARIUS series is long. There are many publications in its history. DARIUSBURST SP is just one of the mobile versions – even ahead of the competition. There is nowhere near as much competition on Android and iPhone as there is on 16-bit platforms. Unfortunately, side scrolling shooter games have fallen out of favor with fans and developers alike.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite scrolling shooter games are. For me, DARIUSBURST SP is leading.
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