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When you take the controls of a Super Air Fighter SA-08 Silphced prototype, you take the hope of civilization with you.
In Silpheed you fly a single fighter craft through a blizzard of terrorist attacks fighting off fleets of ships, collecting special weapons, struggling to save the free world from a reign of terror.
Most people will find Silpheed a tough challenge. Use the tips provided in the manual if you want to get past the first battle area. You may not get out of it with the help, either. This game takes practice.
Despite Silpheed's difficulty, even space-klutzes won't die right off the launching pad. You start with a shield, so you can take a few hits and keep flying. Some of the special bonuses fix your ship and add to your shield. Others even make you invincible—for a little while, anyway.
Silpheed is compatible with EGA, CGA, and Tandy 16-color graphics. It also supports the Roland MT-32, the Ad Lib music card, and the IBM music card. The theme music is practically overwhelming. Unfortunately, weapon fire and rocket sounds are limited to beeps and boops; all that beautiful sound is limited to mood music.
If you're looking for a new arcade challenge, try Silpheed, It's classic arcade fun with a little more depth than you find in many action-oriented games.
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