*************************************************************************** * G.Darius FAQ Version 1.0 * * By: Zach Keene (zjkeene@bellsouth.net) * * Last Updated: 30 May 1999 * *************************************************************************** Table of Contents . . . . . . 7 1) Introduction . . . . . . . 49 2) What's New? . . . . . . . 85 3) Credits . . . . . . . 92 4) Legal Crap . . . . . . . 109 5) History of Darius, Part VI . . . . . 124 Part I - G.Darius 101 . . . . . 143 5) Introduction to G.Darius 101 . . . . . 145 6) Weapons . . . . . . . 163 7) Powerups . . . . . . . 323 8) Scoring . . . . . . . 360 9) Technical Ranking . . . . . . 442 10) Miscellaneous Info . . . . . . 505 11) Audio Info . . . . . . . 537 12) Video Info . . . . . . . 614 Part II - Zone Guides . . . . . 640 13) Introduction to the Zone Guides . . . . 642 14) Zone Alpha . . . . . . . 698 15) Zone Beta . . . . . . . 749 16) Zone Gamma . . . . . . . 851 17) Zone Delta . . . . . . . 982 18) Zone Epsilon . . . . . . 1073 19) Zone Zeta . . . . . . . 1161 20) Zone Eta . . . . . . . 1222 21) Zone Theta . . . . . . . 1355 22) Zone Iota . . . . . . . 1427 23) Zone Kappa . . . . . . . 1501 24) Zone Lambda . . . . . . . 1580 25) Zone Mu . . . . . . . 1666 26) Zone Nu . . . . . . . 1755 27) Zone Xi . . . . . . . 1855 28) Zone Omicron . . . . . . 1924 29) The G.Darius One-Page Travelogue . . . . 2009 Part III - G.Darius Merchandise . . . . 2059 30) Guide Book Info . . . . . . 2061 31) Soundtrack Info . . . . . . 2084 32) The End . . . . . . . 2122 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Introduction :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Just when you thought I had played CSOTN far too many times, here's another Zach Keene production loaded to the gills (no pun intended) with more useless information and statistics than anyone ever needed to know about a game. My introduction to the Darius series was, unfortunately, the mediocre SNES title Darius Twin. I could ramble on about that, but I'll save it for a future FAQ. (WARNING! A huge number of Darius FAQs are approaching fast!) Needless to say, it was missing a few things that made (most) of the Darius games great. Like, for instance, something resembling a challenge. :) Anyhow, based on a stream of E-mails from someone (and he knows who he is) telling me how cool G. Darius is, I decided to give it a try. Before I got my hands on it, I managed to play the TG-16 version of the original, and found it to be the game Darius Twin should have been. Based on that, I was sold on G. Darius, and was not disappointed. Vic's Disposable Shooter Syndrome[tm] notwithstanding, that is. Enough rambling from me. Onward with the FAQ! This FAQ was written using the world's most powerful typewriter, that blue-screened wonder, the MS-DOS Edit. For best results view with a monospace font (like Courier New), 75 characters a line, 8 characters a tab. Send any comments, corrections, additions, subtractions, suggestions, bribes, etc. to zjkeene@bellsouth.net Where to get the latest version of this FAQ ------------------------------------------- ftp://members.aol.com/fnlfanatic/arcanelore/gdarius.txt [This version is always current] GameFaqs - http://www.gamefaqs.com/ Playstation Haven - http://www.geocities.com/timessquare/chasm/7380/ =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: What's New :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Version 1.0 - (30 May 1999) - First public release version of the G.Darius FAQ =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Credits ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Dave Connoy - Lots of various things, from pointing out mistakes and giving a few strategies. Japanese Manual and Official Guide Book - For giving Alan Kwan info to give to me. Alan Kwan - Sent me a ton of info from the official Japanese G.Darius guide book and stuff from the Japanese manual that didn't make it into the Western manuals. Not to mention pointing out a few million of my numerous typos and adding some comments here and there. (I've left most of his contributions verbatim, rather than trying to rewrite everything.) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Legal Crap :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= This G. Darius FAQ is (C) 1999 Zach Keene. As Grand Poo-bah of Copyrightedness, I grant upon thee the following rights: 1) Thou mayst give this FAQ to whomever you so choose. The key word here is "give". If anybody gets paid for this, it darn well better be me. :) 2) Thou mayst put this FAQ up on thine website, so long as it remains completely intact. And I do mean completely. G. Darius is TM and (C) 1998 Taito Corporation. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: History of Darius, Part VI :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= G. Darius is, for the moment, the most recent game in the long-running Darius series. The only versions I am aware of are the Arcade and PSX versions. I'm not sure whether the arcade version made it outside of Japan. That's mostly because all arcades near me suck royally, containing only the latest fighting/racing clones. Not that fighting and racing are necessarily bad, mind you, just that a little variety wouldn't hurt. Also, I refuse on general principle to pay money to an arcade that doesn't have at least one Galaga machine. Distinguishing G. Darius from the rest are the updated graphics. G. sports more polygonal sprites (isn't that an oxymoron?) than the straight 2D of previous games. This is especially apparent in the boss fights. If you've not played G. Darius, you don't know jack about boss fights. (Radiant Silvergun _might_ be a possible exception to that, but that's another story. :) ---------------------------Part I - G.Darius 101--------------------------- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Introduction to G. Darius 101 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= One of my FAQs wouldn't be complete without a section that contains info that any moron could find in the instruction manual or figure out on their own. With that in mind, here is a rundown of the basic operations of the Silver Hawk fighter. Your fighter comes standard with missile, bomb, and shield-generation capabilites. On top of that, the Capture Ball system that was sort of half-assed into Darius Gaiden has been given a complete overhaul and is now actually useful. Instead of only being able to capture mini-bosses if you killed them in the correct way, you can now capture almost any enemy at any time and use them for your own fiendish purposes. The next few sections of the FAQ will take a closer look at the Silver Hawk's offensive and defensive capabilites, and some other basic G. Darius facts. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Weapons ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * Missiles * Same as with any shooter, you start the game with nothing but a pea shooter. Your main cannon has three main levels, each with seven sublevels. As you pick up Red Orbs (usually obtained by destroying red-coloured enemies), your cannon will go up one sublevel. Picking up a seventh Red Orb transforms your cannon into a Laser. Seven more Red Orbs will transform your Laser into a Wave cannon. Assuming, of course, that you survive long enough to pick up that many Red Orbs. When you die, your cannon remains at the level it was before you died, but all sublevels are lost. Example, if you die with a level 5 Laser, your next ship begins with a level 0 Laser. [Alan:] In the "Beginner" and "Boss" modes in the PS version, there is no power down until you continue. (Is this info in the English manual?) Also, in those modes, a new ship starts equipped with the maximum armor. {Well, I do degrade myself by using those modes.} Also note that when your cannon levels up, you actually lose a little bit of power. For example, a level 6 Missile is more powerful than a level 0 Laser. The Missile cannon is your standard pea shooter, and as it gains sublevels it fires more shots at once. It cannot penetrate either enemies or terrain. The Laser increases in length and power with each sublevel. It can penetrate most enemies, but is absorbed by the terrain. The Wave cannon grows in size and power with each sublevel. It can penetrate through both enemies and terrain, making it the weapon of choice for finding hidden power-ups. * Bombs * Your ship also has the capability to drop bombs (a la the Missiles in Gradius). The Bomb has 3 levels, each with 4 sublevels. They increase in size and power as their sublevels increase. The standard Bomb drops diagonally forward and down. Collecting 4 Green Orbs transforms it into a Twin Bomb, which launches missiles both forward/up and forward/down. Four more Green Orbs gets you a Multi-Bomb, which launches in all four diagonal directions. Again, when your ship is destroyed, the current level of your Bombs is retained, but all sublevels are lost. * Armour * The Silver Hawk can also generate a force field that protects it from enemy fire and collisions, to some extent. It has 3 levels, each with 6 sublevels. The current sublevel of the Armour has no bearing on the strength of the shield, other than collecting a Blue Orb will restore the shield to its full power. Alan Kwan provides some info from the Japanese manual and guide book: "Picking up a blue orb when your ship has no armor will give you 3 points of armor. Picking up a blue orb when your ship already has armor will add 1, 2, or 3 points (respectively for Arm, Super, Hyper) to your armor strength, up to the maximum possible for the armor type (Arm = 3, Super = 4, Hyper = 5). Crashing into terrain is immediately fatal unless you have Hyper armor." The manual seems to imply that the standard Armor can withstand 3 hits, the Super armour (level 2) can take 4, and the Hyper armour (level 3) can eat 5. I've yet to test this myself. I'm also not sure the exact effect enemy lasers, Beta beams, and other various collsions have, other than sitting in front of a laser is generally a pretty stupid thing to do. [Alan:] Generally, contact with strong enemy attacks (such as long lasers and Beta beams) will cause damage to your armor in rapid succession. * Capture * The Silver Hawk is also equipped with a finite number of Capture Balls. Collecting Purple Orbs will add to your stock of Capture Balls remaining. When fired (X is the default button for firing a Capture Ball), it will fire straight ahead and capture almost any enemy it hits. Enemies protected by Solidnite, some enemy projectiles, gun emplacements, asteroids, and bosses (duh) cannot be captured. (Firing a capture ball at an uncapturable enemy seems to do damage, but probably not enough to make it worth your while.) Once captured, the enemy will follow your ship and execute various attacks, depending on which enemy you captured. [Alan:] When you fire a Capture Ball and it misses, this does not cost you a Capture Ball from your stock. You can stock up to 6 Capture Balls. When you die, your next ship begins with the starting number of Capture Balls (in all game modes). While captured, you can also do one of two things with an enemy: 1) Press X again to detonate it. The blast it creates will damage (or destroy) all enemies and absorb all projectiles within its range. From the Japanese manual: This is called the Capture Bomb. The size of the explosion, as well as the duration of invulnerablity of your ship, depends on the size of the captured enemy detonated: small enemy (except some) - small explosion, 2 sec invulnerable big enemy (and some small ones, especially "explosive" types) - medium explosion, 3 sec invulnerable mid-boss - large explosion, 4 sec invulnerable 2) Hold O for a while to charge up the Alpha Beam. This is an ultra-powerful attack that can absorb all projectiles and generally cause mass mayhem. If your Alpha Beam encounters a boss's Beta Beam, your Alpha Beam will absorb the Beta Beam and become more powerful (and larger, too.) The result of this is an Alpha Counter that Ryu, Ken et al can only dream of performing. :) As powerful as it is, the Alpha Beam is blocked by Solidnite. Some bosses *cough*The Embryon*cough* will often use this to their advantage, by throwing several Beta Beams your way for you to absorb... then flooding the screen with Solidnite Bullets that make you waste your beam. Bloody annoying, that... From the guide book: The initial size of the alpha beam depends on the size of the captured enemy consumed: Small enemy - normal alpha beam Big enemy - normal x1.5 alpha beam Mini-boss - counter beam The duration of the alpha beam is 5 seconds (regardless of size), but you can extend it by up to 2 more seconds by pressing the "square" button. Absorbing a beta beam resets the duration timer to a new 5 seconds. * What exactly happens when you counter? * [Quoted verbatim from Alan Kwan.] Once your alpha beam meets the boss's beta beam, pressing the "square" button (or rapid-fire the "circle" button) puts more power into your alpha beam, until eventually you've put in enough power to effect a counter. This upgrades your alpha beam, resets the duration timer for your counter beam, and causes the beta beam to wither. If you do not press the "square" button, the beta beam will eventually accumulate enough power to counter your alpha beam, and cause your alpha beam to wither while the beta beam is upgraded. If either beam expires naturally, no counter is effected. * Invulnerability * [Info from the Japanese manual.] Your ship is invulnerable for a second or two in the following situations: 1) When ship enters play: 4 sec 2) Get item: 0.5 sec 3) Sucessful Capture: 0.5 sec 4) Fire Alpha Beam: 1 sec 5) Use Capture Bomb: see section on "Capture" above =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Power-ups ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * Standard Powerups * As I briefly mentioned in the Weapon section above, your ship increases in power by collecting Orbs of various colours. Usually, these Orbs can be obtained by destroying coloured enemies. Red enemies will drop Red Orbs, green ones drop Green Orbs, etc. Red Orbs: Increase your Missile Cannon one sublevel. Green Orbs: Increase your Bombs by one sublevel. Blue Orbs: Increase your Armour by one sublevel. Purple Orbs: Increase your Capture Ball Stock by one. * Hidden Powerups * These powerups are not found by destroying enemies, but rather by shooting at the terrain throughout the level. If you happen to hit a place where one of these is hidden, it will appear briefly. Keep blasting at that point to make the powerup come out to collect it. Silver: Gives you a random amount of bonus points from 50 to 51200. Alan says (from the guide book): The possible point values depend on the direction in which your ship is moving when getting the item. Avoid moving forward since you'll always get only 100 points. [I've gotten the max of 51200 a few times by backing into the Silver powerup. - Zach] Gold: Destroys all on-screen enemies. Has no effect on larger enemies, however. 1-Up: Looks like a small Silver Hawk in a bubble. Gives you one more life. Tricolour: Increases your Missile, Bombs, and Armour each one sublevel. These will appear onscreen after you use a continue. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Scoring ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Obviously, to score points one must shoot stuff. That said, this section lists a few things that will help you get more bonus points for shooting stuff. * Formation Bonus * Some enemies come in formations, and shooting down every enemy in the formation will give you some amount of bonus points depending on the type of enemy. The formation bonus is generally 10 times the score value of a single enemy. * Multipliers * [Info from the Japanese manual.] Destroying enemies in certain ways will multiply the points you receive for destroying them. These multipliers will also apply to formation bonuses (see above), and to bosses. 1) Use a captured enemy somehow to destroy an enemy. This can be either by ramming into the enemy, the captured enemy's normal attack, or the special attack of a captured Mini-boss. This is worth a x2 multiplier. 2) Detonate a captured enemy. Anything destroyed by this blast will award a x3 multiplier. 3) Destroy an enemy with either a normal or x1.5 Alpha Beam. This is worth a x4 multiplier. 4) Destroy an enemy with a counter Alpha Beam, obtained either by consuming a Mini-boss or absorbing one Beta Beam. This is worth a x6 multipler. 5) Destroy an enemy with a double counter beam. This is worth a x8 multiplier. 6) Destroy an enemy with a triple counter beam. This is worth a x10 multiplier. 7) Destroy an enemy with a quadruple counter beam. This is worth a x12 multiplier. * Powerup Bonus * If you collect a powerup for a weapon that is already at full strength (or collect a Purple when you have a full stock of Capture Balls), you'll get a 5000 point bonus. [Alan:] Power up itmes are worth 1000 points apiece otherwise. * Captured Enemy Bonus * If you still have an enemy captured when you beat the final boss of a level, it will self destruct and you will receive a bonus. The amount of the bonus depends on the enemy you had captured; the Mini-Boss recieves around 100000 points, while your standard peon ships will only get a few thousand. However, as Alan pointed out, it is much better for your score to blast the boss with any sort of Alpha Beam than to get a few bonus points for leaving a captured enemy alive. Small enemies: 1000 points per "unit" Large enemies: 10000 points Mini-bosses: 1000000 points * Final Bonuses * When you finish the game in Arcade mode, you will be awarded bonus points based on your performance through the game: Remaining ships: 1,000,000 points each Captain (Mini-boss) capture: 300,000 for each Mini-boss captured Beam finish: 200,000 for each normal Alpha Beam finish Counter: 400,000 for each single counter boss finish Double counter: 600,000 for each double counter boss finish Triple counter: 800,000 for each triple counter boss finish Quad counter: 1,000,000 for each quadruple counter finish =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Technical Ranking ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= [Most, if not all, of the info in this section comes via Alan Kwan from the Japanese manual and offical guide book.] At the end of every game, you will receive a "technical rating" based on your performance. Your final score does not affect this rating (though doing well in each of the factors may very well increase your score.) Each of the factors, listed below, is worth somewhere between 10-20% out of a total of 105%. To achieve a Gold Hawk rating (the highest), one must have a score of 101% or higher. * The Factors * 1) Enemy kill ratio Simple enough. Shoot everything that moves. The higher this ratio, the better your rating. 2) Enemy formation kill ratio Don't let any enemy attacking in a formation to escape! The higher this ratio, the better your rating. 3) Boss fight hit accuracy ratio Hold your fire during boss battles if there is nothing to hit/damage. This factor is worth 1% of your rating per every 10% of your accuracy. [NOTE: The English manual mentions some "number of lives vs. number of shots" factor. According to Alan, that is a definately a mistranslation.] 4) Best final hit on boss Try to destroy the boss using as souped-up an Alpha Beam as you can manage. A Quad-Counter is worth the most points; letting the enemy self-destruct is worth the least. 5) Captured enemy use efficiency Use those buggers for something; don't let them get killed. 6) Mileage The further you get in the game, the better your rating. 7) Use of continues You get no points for not using continues, but for every one you use, you lose one percentage point. 8) Final power-up level The more powered up your ship is when you hit Game Over, the higher your rating. 9) Number of lost ships The less ships you lose, the higher your rating. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Miscellaneous Info :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * Codes * [Again, these are from the offical guide book.] 1) Free Play in Arcade Mode: After continuing a total of 100 times (in any game mode), you can choose "Free Play" in Arcade Option. 2) View Ending Movies Place cursor at Option -> Movie. Enter left, right, left, right on the +-key, then hold all of R1, R2, L1, L2 and press "circle" or "start" button to enter Movie mode. Now you can view all ending movies. * Analog Control? * The packaging for G.Darius (at least the NA release) is incorrect regarding the game's support for analog control. While there is Dual Shock support, no analog control is supported. * View High Scores * The only way to see the high score tables (other than getting a high score, of course), is to simply do nothing at the title screen. The high score screens will be shown periodically between the gameplay demos and movies. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Audio Info :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Welcome to yet another installment of my infamous "Audio Info" sections. Like many other PSX games, G. Darius does not contain Redbook Audio. So, if you want to listen to Zuntata's excellent soundtrack, you've got two options: 1) Import the soundtrack CD from Japan (that would be Zuntata Records ZTTL-0014, if I recall correctly) or 2) Follow the instructions below. Be warned that extracting the entire soundtrack will eat up a large chunk of hard drive space, though. 1) Go to www.zophar.net and head for the PSX Utilites section. Download copies of XAEX and XAPlay. If Zophar's is spazzing for whatever reason, go to the Castlevania Dungeon [http://www.classicgaming.com/castlevania/dungeon.htm] and look for the Miscellaneous section. The utilites should be there as well. They're not very large, so the download won't take long. 2) Once you have them set up (no big deal, just unzip them somewhere and they're as set up as they're going to get :), insert your G. Darius CD in your CD-ROM drive. For demonstration purposes, let's say the CD-ROM is drive G. 3) There are 2 files that on the G. Darius CD that contain the music. They are the bgm1.xa and bgm2.xa files in the G:\bgm directory. To extract the music from these files into something usable by XAPlay, go to a DOS prompt, go to whatever directory you unzipped XAEX into, and type: xaex For example, if you want to extract the music from bgm1.xa into a file called music01.xa, you would type (again, this is assuming that G is the CD-ROM drive): xaex g:\bgm\bgm1.xa c:\music01.xa This will take a little while (it took about a minute on my machine, but then again I've got a Pentium 300-something with a whole crapload of RAM). When it's finished, the resulting music01.xa (or whatever you named it) can be played using XAPlay. If you've not used XAPlay before, know that many XA files are split into at most 8 channels, numbered 0 through 7. Use the "Channel" pulldown menu to select which channel you want to listen to. Here is a list of the two bgm*.xa files and the songs they contain. This list is horribly incomplete since I do not own the original soundtrack and therefore do not know the titles of the songs. I do however own the excellent G.Darius: Future Is Over CD (that's Zuntata Records ZTTL-0019), so I do know the titles of a few of them, at least. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- BGM1.XA - 55,050,956 bytes --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Channel: Song Title: 0 [Unknown Track 1] 1 G Zero 2 [Unknown Track 2] 3 [Unknown Track 3] 4 [Unknown Track 4] 5 Kimera II 6 [Unknown Track 5] --------------------------------------------------------------------------- BGM2.XA - 92,247,836 bytes --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Channel: Song Title: 0 [Unknown Boss Track 1] 1 B.T.Dutch 2 H.G.Virus 3 [Unknown Boss Track 2] 4 Adam 5 [Unknown Track 6] 6 [Unknown Track 7] 7 [Unknown Track 8] =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Video Info :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= If you really must see the ending/opening movies without beating the game, you're probably better off using the movie code in the Codes section. But, if you really must see them on your computer, then go to www.zophar.net, go to the PSX Utilites section, and grab a copy of PSXVideo. The seven movie files are in the directory G:\MOV\*.str (again, assuming the CD-ROM is drive G.) [NOTE: The PSXVideo program is for Windows. I do not know if any PSX movie players exist for other OSes.] +------------+------------------+ | Filename | Description | +------------+------------------+ | Gdend1.str | Epilogue Lambda | | Gdend2.str | Epilogue Mu | | Gdend3.str | Epilogue Nu | | Gdend4.str | Epilogue Xi | | Gdend5.str | Epilogue Omicron | | Gdop1.str | Prologue 1 | | Gdop2.str | Prologue 2 | +------------+------------------+ ---------------------------Part II - Zone Guides--------------------------- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Introduction to the Zone Guides ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Here's how the Zone Guides are set up: --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: Name of track played during level. Mini-Boss: Name of mini-boss. (Note: the English manuals list the name of the mini-boss as the name of the special attack they can perform when captured. Apparently the Japanese manual was ambigous in this matter, and the translators misinterpreted it.) Mini-Boss Attack: Description of Mini-boss special attack, and the controller motions needed to use it. Boss: Name of Boss Boss Music Track: Name of music track played during boss battle. Exits: Which Zones you can get to from this zone. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Yellow Grey 1-Up Main: Number of powerups in the section of the level before it splits. Area X: Number of powerups in one of the sublevels. Total X: The total number of powerups you recieve from going through both Main and Area X. Area Y: Number of powerups in the other sublevel. Total Y: The total number of powerups you recieve from going through both Main and Area Y. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - beC - gaE (10R, 13G, 11B, 12P) Best Blue Routes: deB - epC - gaE (12B, 13R, 12G, 11P) Best Green Routes: etA - thD - gaF (11G, 10R, 12B, 13P) These list the routes through this zone that give the most Red, Blue, and Green powerups. The lowercase letters stand for the Zone (al = Alpha, be = Beta, etc.), while the capitial letters stand for the Area. The numbers in parenthesis give the total number of each kind of powerup that can be collected from the route given. In this example, the route Alpha A to Beta C to Gamma E would give 10 Reds, 13 Greens, 11 Blues, and 12 Purples. Notice that this is just an example that I made up, since obviously you can't go to both Beta and Gamma, or get to Gamma from Zone Eta. :) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Some comments about the level itself. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: Strategies for defeating the boss. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- After the Zone Guides is the One-Page Travelogue, which is just a summary of the powerup data for each Zone. It was designed to be an easily printable reference for those who may want a hard copy of some of the info, but may not want to waste all day printing the entire FAQ. If you use a 10-point monospaced font, such as Courier New, this should come out to be a little less than one page. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Alpha - Green Globe :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music (Beginning): [Unknown Track 1] Music (Area A or B): G Zero Mini-Boss: First Captain Mini-Boss Attack: Spiral Beam (D, DF, F + Fire) Boss: Eclipse Eye Boss Music Track: [Unknown Boss Track 1] Exits: Zone Beta, Zone Gamma --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 Area A: 4 1 1 3 0 0 0 Total A: 6 3 2 4 0 0 0 Area B: 3 2 2 3 1 2 0 Total B: 5 4 3 4 1 2 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Route: alA (6R, 3G, 2B, 4P) Best Blue Route: alB (3B, 5R, 4G, 4P) Best Green Route: alB (4G, 5R, 3B, 4P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Not a particularly difficult level at all. Choose Area A if you are interested in grabbing more Red power-ups, and Area B if you want the missile and shield power-ups. Capture the large fish that appears where the level splits; it fires homing missiles. If you choose Area A, the real mini-boss of the level appears later on, and you might want to trade the fish you have to capture the mini-boss. The sunken area of Area B will look very familiar to longtime Darius fans. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: Eclipse Eye-A and Eclipse Eye-B have very similar tactics, and only vary in one minor area. When you first approach it, it'll spew easily destroyed missiles from its wide mouth. Its next trick will be shooting trios of fireballs. These are also easily avoided, but note that their trajectory changes every two or three shots. Then come the destroyable blue shots. Whoopee. This is where EE-A and EE-B differ. EE-A will now launch some large homing missiles at you. You can capture them if you like, but they have no direct offensive or defensive capability. Of course, you can use them to charge your Alpha Beam. EE-B will just swing some spinning blades your way, while launching the Orange Shield Thingies(tm). Grab one if you need it. At this point, EE will have moved to the left side of the screen and will be charging its Beta Beam. If you don't know what to do about this, please reread the "G. Darius 101" section. :) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Beta - Giant Plant ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: [Unknown Track 2] Mini-Boss: No Mini-Boss present Boss: Tripod Sardine Boss Music Track: B.T.Dutch Exits: Zone Delta, Zone Epsilon --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 Area C: 2 1 1 4 0 0 0 Total C: 4 3 2 4 0 0 0 Area D: 2 2 1 3 0 3 0 Total D: 4 4 2 3 0 3 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - beC (10R, 6G, 4B, 8P) alA - beD (10R, 7G, 4B, 7P) Best Blue Routes: alB - beC (5B, 9R, 7G, 8P) alB - beD (5B, 9R, 8G, 7P) Best Green Route: alB - beD (8G, 9R, 5B, 7P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Another fairly simple level: take a nice flight through the clouds, then descend into a forest. Area D might be a better choice of routes through this level, but there is no clear better path here. You get about the same number of power-ups either way, except for Area D has an extra Green. Whether Tripod Sardine-C or Tripod Sardine-D is more difficult depends on your current power levels and whether you can keep a capture alive during the fight. The huge spiders in Area C are best dealt with using the Alpha Beam, in my opinion. The green-fireball shooters make a decent if straightforward capture; the blue spikeballs in C that appear from the background are pretty neat as well. [From the guide book:] The enemies in this stage are bigger than their normal versions in other stages. They are worth more points, and when captured, they have better armor and can sustain more hits. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Tripod Sardine-C * You'll have a few moments to just wail on TS before it does anything, so feel free to do so, preferably at point blank where your bombs can get in some damage. When it opens its mouth, back off and dodge the spread fireballs it fires at you. Then you'll have another very brief period of inactivity, as it repositions itself then extends its claws outward. Then, they'll create yellow balls that will extend long yellow beams your way. [Alan:] This attack has no "collision detection" until the beams materialize a split second after they are fired. You can avoid them easily by standing still and quickly moving away a little bit as the beams are fired. Then, TS will start launching missiles at you. Avoid them and keep firing. Once you blow its head off, TS will come back holding a large blue energy ball. Then, it'll flood the screen with shots while it throws the energy ball at you. Avoiding it is possible, but it is usually better to deflect it using all the firepower you can muster. If you have a full Missile cannon, you're in good shape. But you probably have a relatively weak Laser at this point. So, now would be a good time to Alpha Beam. It will absorb the shots, turn back the energy ball fairly well, and take out TS quickly. * Tripod Sardine-D * You'll have a few moments to just wail on TS before it does anything, so feel free to do so, preferably at point blank where your bombs can get in some damage. When it opens its mouth, back off and dodge the spread fireballs it fires at you. Then you'll have another very brief period of inactivity, while TS's claws fire destructable blue spread shots downward. These can practically be ignored. Then, it's claws will extend outward and begin firing the shots again. Get in front of one of the cannons and blow it off, if you can. Eventually, they will reconfigure themselves and begin firing again. No biggie. After that, TS will launch some explosive mines at you. Avoid them by circling around the screen. Then TS will jump to the other side of the screen, and missiles will begin raining down on you. What you do _not_ want to do is blow TS's head off until it jumps to the other side of the screen, launches the Orange Shield Thingies(tm), and fires a Beta Beam. [Alan:] This is, of course, if one does not already have a captured enemy. If you don't, what you generally want to do is weaken TS without blowing off its head. That way, you don't waste too much of your counter beam finishing off the head, and can still use it against TS's body before it can cause too much damage with the force wave attack (see below.) If you blow off its head too early, you have to deal with its force-wave attack. If you've still got something captured, now would be a good time to use it. Otherwise, you've got to do some smooth manuvering to get around those waves while trying to finish TS with conventional weapons, and the waves might not always be possible to avoid. In the words of the Smash TV announcer: "Good luck! You'll need it!" [Alan:] If two players are playing, TS (in either area) will become very easy, because one player can alpha beam the head while the other player holds on to a captured enemy to alpha beam the body. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Gamma - Gigantic Ship :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: [Unknown Track 2] Mini-Boss: Queen's Child Mini-Boss Attack: Energy shots + Lasers (B, DB, D, DF, F + Fire) Boss: Queen Fossil Boss Music Track: B.T.Dutch Exits: Zone Epsilon, Zone Zeta --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 Area E: 3 1 1 3 0 0 0 Total E: 5 3 2 5 0 0 0 Area F: 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 Total F: 5 3 3 4 0 0 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - gaE (11R, 6G, 4B, 9P) alA - gaF (11R, 6G, 5B, 8P) Best Blue Route: alB - gaF (6B, 10R, 7G, 8P) Best Green Routes: alB - gaE (7G, 10R, 5B, 9P) alB - gaF (7G, 10R, 6B, 8P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: While this zone is a bit more hectic than Zone Alpha, it's still not too difficult. There is very little to note until the zone splits, except to try to capture the Mini-Boss before choosing your path. It'll make things easier on yourself, especially if you choose Area F. That would be the large bugger that appears in the diagonal section, not the little thingy with the Solidnite escort as you circle a pyrimad-shaped installation. Both Area E and F take place up close and personal with Queen Fossil, but since they are technically the boss battle, I'll cover the survival strategies here. Pick Area E to for an easier route (and because Queen Fossil-E makes a _huge_ tactical error that you can use to your favour.) Area F is a bit more difficult, but is more rewarding in the power-up department. * Area E * When Queen Fossil appears, she'll come butt first waving a laser cannon at you. Be sure to blast it now, as doing so might save you some trouble later... if you seriously screw the boss battle up, that is. More importantly, blasting it rewards you with a Red Orb. Dodge the missile volleys to claim it. After a few waves of weenies attack, you'll find yourself situated above 3 cannons and a set of Queen Fossil's fins. Try to blast the cannons out of the way, and be ready for Queen Fossil to toss her fins at you like boomerangs. Destroy them all to get a Green Orb. Another missle volley later, you find yourself in the same situation as above. Except this time a few Laser Cannons have been thrown into the mix. Destroy all the Laser Cannons and the pea-shooter Cannons for a Blue Orb, and take out the boomeranging fins again for a Red one. [Guide book:] It's a certain one in each set of fins that gives you a power-up. You don't really have to destroy the others. (It's usually the second or the third one. - Zach) Dodge another missle volley, and take out the weenie swarms again. When Queen launches another Mini-Boss, grab it and prepare for the real battle. * Area F * You'll be greeted by the sight of Queen Fossil's backside. Lovely, innit? Take out the cannon that waves around shooting lasers; if you captured the Mini-Boss, make liberal use of Queen's Child to bring this about more quickly. You'll be awarded a Red Orb for destroying it. Look out for the missile volley as you try to claim your prize, though. A large cannon arm will now extend your way. Plant yourself right at the barrel of this thing, since its projectiles can be destroyed. Again, use the Mini-Boss's special move to help you out, if possible. If not, watch out for the red homing lasers. Another Red Orb will be yours after you destroy the cannon. Queen Fossil will back off a bit while some weenies will come your way. Blast them for a few more orbs, and prepare for two rectangular installations to come at you. Try to blast off their cannons, and if you've got an enemy captured, Alpha Beam both of them when they meet at the right side of the screen. Next, a large laser cannon will descend from Queen Fossil's belly. Get above its aim and you can destroy it with no problems whatsoever and get a Blue Orb for your effort. A few more peon ships will come your way, followed by another Mini-Boss. Try to grab it, even if you've kept the one from earlier on, since the older one has probably taken a good bit of damage by now. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Queen Fossil-E * The Queen will charge from the left side of the screen, then back off. Keep to the far right to avoid her. Dodge or destroy the Solidnite Bullets. This is where the fun begins. Queen Fossil will reappear on the left, and throw some lasers at you. While that goes on, some scales will fly off, circle around the center of the screen, and fly at you one or two at a time. After that, she'll charge up not one, not two, not even three, but four Beta Beams that she'll fire one at a time. Grab one of the Orange Shield Thingies that appear if necessary, and let out an Alpha Beam to absorb them all and throw them right back at Queen Fossil. If by some chance you manage to screw this up, Queen Fossil will continue fighting using the tactics outlined below for Queen Fossil-F. * Queen Fossil-F * Queen Fossil will come on screen from the right, then back off. Then, she'll present her side to you, while five lasers will come out. The one on top and the one on bottom will fire a constant laser that will limit your room to move, while the three middle ones will shoot shorter lasers. All the while, little bullets will be coming at you; destroy as many of them as possible while dodging the lasers. When the lasers are retracted, Queen Fossil will begin shooting spread shots at you, then launch a volley of missiles. Then, she'll swing her rear back on screen, and arc two electric beams your way. Your best bet is to hang close to the right side of the screen and dodge the spread shots. After backing off and firing a volley of missiles that will close in on you from the top and bottom of the screen, she'll reapproach from the left and fire four Solidnite Bullets at you. Destroy or avoid these, depending on your current weapon power. Then, she'll launch a few scales that will gather in the center of the screen and form a "flower" that will match your vertical movements, and eventually fly at you. All the while, you have to dodge a never-ending stream of spread shots. Then, a few waves of Orange Shield Thingies(tm) will appear. Grab one, and dodge the Queen's shots until she backs off again. Her tail will reappear once more, and fire spread shots while she charges her Beta Beam. Charge your Alpha Beam and counter it. If the Queen fires her homing lasers before you can destroy her, use the Alpha Beam to absorb them. (Notice that QF's Beta Beam here is already a counter beam, meaning that you can score a double-counter here, or even a triple-counter if you use Queen's Child to Alpha Beam QF.) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Delta - Granulated Star :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: [Unknown Track 3] Mini-Boss: Reverse Direction Mini-Boss Attack: Back Fin Boomerang (F, D, DF + Fire) Boss: Dual Horn Boss Music Track: H.G.Virus Exits: Zone Eta, Zone Theta ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 Area G: 3 2 2 2 1 2 0 Total G: 5 4 3 4 1 2 0 Area H: 2 2 3 2 0 3 0 Total H: 4 4 4 4 0 3 0 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - beC - deG (15R, 10G, 7B, 12P) alA - beD - deG (15R, 11G, 7B, 11P) Best Blue Routes: alB - beC - deH (9B, 13R, 11G, 12P) alB - beD - deH (9B, 13R, 12G, 11P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - deG (12G, 14R, 8B, 11P) alB - beD - deH (12G, 13R, 9B, 11P) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: The main area is your basic Darius Asteroid Belt Level, just with your upgraded PSX polygonal asteroids. Area H gives you an extra shield powerup, and another homing missile fish (like the one where Zone Alpha splits) is available there for your fiendish purposes. Area G has an extra Red available. Not much more to say, really. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Dual Horn-G * After its obligatory dancing around that all bosses seem to do, Dual Horn will open with a volley of spread fireballs. No big deal here, until some sort of a beam with a coloured laser on the end appears. The beam is harmless, but the laser is not. It will chase you around the screen while you are trying to dodge spread shots. Then, a volley of bullets will come from Dual Horn's tail. Surviving that, the beam will disappear... but the laser will split into three homing lasers that will come your way, while Dual Horn is firing spread shots at you again. If you've brought in a captured enemy, it might not hurt you to use it: at least you can absorb the spread shots and destroy the bullets. Dual Horn will then present its back to you, and begin firing bullets. Keep to the top of the screen, and when it fires the exploding mines at you head straight down, to the right just enough to keep you out of the explosions, then drift back to the top. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. But look out for DH to charge you from the right. After that, DH will curl into a donut-shape and roll counterclockwise around the screen, starting at the left. Dodge the lasers and orange shots, and destroy the blue ones if necessary. Then, it will present its underside to you, launch Orange Shield Thingies(tm), and some spread fireballs. Grab an OST if you need it, and dodge. Then it will point its tail at you and fire a Beta Beam. Counter it, but don't get carried away; once it's finished firing, it will charge straight at you. * Dual Horn-H * After its obligatory dancing around that all bosses seem to do, Dual Horn will open with a volley of spread fireballs. No big deal here, until some sort of a beam with a coloured laser on the end appears. The beam is harmless, but the laser is not. It will chase you around the screen while you are trying to dodge spread shots. Then, a volley of bullets will come from Dual Horn's tail. Surviving that, the beam will disappear... but the laser will split into three homing lasers that will come your way, while Dual Horn is firing spread shots at you again. If you've brought in a captured enemy, it might not hurt you to use it: at least you can absorb the spread shots and destroy the bullets. Dual Horn will then present its back to you, and begin firing bullets. Keep to the top of the screen, and when it fires the exploding mines at you head straight down, to the right just enough to keep you out of the explosions, then drift back to the top. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. DH will stick its head from the right and fire some more spread fireballs at you. No tricks this time, so enjoy it while it lasts. Then, it will use its arms to slightly restrict your moving area, then fire single fireballs and bouncing destructable blue shots. Again, no big deal; destroy what you can, avoid what you can't. Dual Horn will move around to close you in further, but the same tactics will still apply. Then, it will present its underside to you, launch Orange Shield Thingies(tm), and some spread fireballs. Grab an OST if you need it, and dodge. It will then draw back, and fire some more spreading fireballs. Don't get too cocky, because it will suddenly charge to the left side of the screen. Get around it, then charge up your Alpha Beam to absorb the Beta Beam that will soon be coming. That should just about finish it off. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Epsilon - Galaxy Islands ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: [Unknown Track 3] Mini-Boss: Reverse Direction Mini-Boss Attack: Back Fin Boomerang (F, D, DF + Fire) Boss: Dimension Diver Boss Music Track: [Unknown Boss Track 2] Exits: Zone Theta, Zone Iota --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 Area I: 3 1 3 3 1 2 0 Total I: 4 3 4 4 1 3 0 Area J: 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 Total J: 4 3 3 3 0 1 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - gaE - deI (15R, 9G, 8B, 13P) alA - gaE - deJ (15R, 9G, 7B, 12P) alA - gaF - deI (15R, 9G, 9B, 12P) alA - gaF - deJ (15R, 9G, 8B, 11P) Best Blue Route: alB - gaF - epI (10B, 14R, 10G, 12P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - epI (11G, 13R, 9B, 11P) alB - beD - epJ (11G, 13R, 8B, 10P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Another variation of the Standard Darius Asteroid Level, this time with some floating asteroid islands. Zone I is pretty much the way to go here, with one extra Blue powerup. Even if it is a background rehash of Zone Delta, Area H. [Alan, from the guide book:] DD in Area J is slightly easier, because its attacks come in a sequence which is more favorable to the player. For example, after its first firing of the double beta beams, it stays there for you to apply the full force of your double counter beam to it. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: DD's major claim to fame is its ability to warp space, so that it can be somewhere in the background, and poke its head in a wormhole and attack you. * Dimension Diver-I * But first, it will open up with a volley of crisscrossing but easily avoidable laser shots. Then it will move to the top of the screen, and fire some fireballs and laser shots from its tail. You can destroy the tail, but I would not recommend that. DD will then move to the left and some mines will rain down on you. They can't be destroyed, so avoid them as best you can, and do not go near the bottom of the screen where they will explode. DD will warp in from the left, and fire large balls that will explode into a ring of shots when hit. After that, it'll warp in from the right and repeat this attack.. only this time it'll create rows of bullets that will close in on you from the top and bottom. Then he'll warp in from the left again. Same attack, only missiles this time. After it launches some Orange Shield Thingies[tm], it will attack from the right with a dual Beta Beam. Counter it, but you'll not have long before DD moves out of the way and comes in from the left firing fireballs at you. Take out its fin to put an end to that. Then it will warp in from the right launching spinning propellers your way. After that, it'll launch waves of your standard Darius Anchor-Looking Things and some homing lasers. If DD is still around, you'll now get your second chance at some Orange Shield Thingies[tm] and another dual Beta Beam. There's no excuse for not winning now. * Dimension Diver-J * Like its Area I cousin, this DD opens with the volley of crisscrossing lasers. These are quite easily avoided. Then it will do its warping trick and launch a volley of little doohickies at you, that are easily destroyed. Next, it warps to the left side and fires tons of fireballs at you. These are a bit more difficult to avoid. Then, it will fire these multicoloured cubes that break into 8-way shots when destroyed. Other tactics it may use are the same as above, plus additional bullets or missiles. Another thing it often does is flood the screen with flame waves. These can be a pain to avoid, but the attack can be stopped by destroying DD's fin. However, doing that will make some subsequent attacks more annoying, so use that as a last resort. Then, it is Orange Shield Thingy time, then DD throws two Beta Beams at you. Not only that, it is nice enough to hang around long enough for you to blow it off the screen. If you take too long, it will point its tail and fire some bullets while you continue to blast away with your double counter. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Zeta - Gravity Zero :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: [Unknown Track 3] Mini-Boss: Reverse Direction Mini-Boss Attack: Back Fin Boomerang (F, D, DF + Fire) Boss: Absolute Defender Boss Music Track: [Unknown Boss Track 2] Exits: Zone Iota, Zone Kappa --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 Area K: 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 Total K: 4 3 3 4 0 0 0 Area L: 3 1 1 2 0 2 0 Total L: 5 3 2 4 0 2 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - gaE - zeL (16R, 9G, 7B, 13P) alA - gaF - zeL (16R, 9G, 8B, 12P) Best Blue Route: alB - gaF - zeK (9B, 14R, 10G, 12P) Best Green Routes: alB - gaE - zeK (10G, 14R, 8B, 13P) alB - gaE - zeL (10G, 15R, 7B, 13P) alB - gaF - zeK (10G, 14R, 9B, 12P) alB - gaF - zeL (10G, 15R, 8B, 12P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: The main area is a rather cool looking area, graphics-wise. A homing-missile fish (like the one where Zone Alpha splits) will appear early on and prove quite useful. Area K gets you a neat approach to a planet that resembles Uranus (no lame jokes, please). -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: Absolute Defender-K may have a few attacks that Absolute Defender-L does not and vice versa, but there are a few things they have in common. 1) They both have a shield generator that MUST be destroyed before you can do any damage at all to AD. The generator is the glowing orb on its chin. However, the generator will regenerate after a short time, and there does not seem to be any way to destroy it completely. [Guide book:] The more times you've destroyed the generator, the longer it takes for it to regenerate. Avoid shooting at the shield too much, since that would bring on a counterattack. 2) They do not necessarily adhere to any pattern, like the previous bosses have. They have a finite set of attacks, but may not always do them in the same order. Both of them will launch a capturable Missile doodad at you from time to time, but rest assured it will not survive long during the bullet storms that AD produces. If you want to be bad, you can charge your Alpha Beam and hold it until AD decides to Beta Beam you. A much safer plan of action is to just Alpha Beam AD whenever it's dumb enough to throw something capturable your way. Not only will it get rid of AD faster, it will absorb many of his attacks, leaving you with more room to move. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Eta - Glowing Cave ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music (Main): [Unknown Track 4] Music (Area M or N): [Unknown Track 2] Mini-Boss: Gray Stripe Mini-Boss Attack: Laser + Wave (F, B, DB, D, DF, F + Fire) Boss: Fire Fossil Boss Music Track: Adam Exits: Zone Lambda, Zone Mu --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 1 2 2 2 0 1 1 Area M: 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 Total M: 3 3 3 4 0 1 1 Area N: 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 Total N: 4 4 4 2 0 1 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - beC - deG - etN (19R, 14G, 11B, 14P) alA - beD - deG - etN (19R, 15G, 11B, 13P) Best Blue Routes: alB - beC - deH - etN (13B, 17R, 15G, 14P) alB - beD - deH - etN (13B, 17R, 16G, 13P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - deG - etN (16G, 18R, 12B, 13P) alB - beD - deH - etN (16G, 17R, 13B, 13P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Like all fourth tier levels, Zone Eta is a bit of a hellstorm. Your biggest threat in the main level is the Mini-Boss. You may want to detonate a few enemies to protect yourself against its wave attack until you can capture it for yourself (or destroy it). The large mechanical hoppers make for very good captures in this and other levels, as well. Don't miss the one-up hidden in the cave ceiling near where the Mini-boss first appears! The boss of this level is Fire Fossil, who is very similar to Queen Fossil, but much tougher. They share many tactics, so I'll set up this Zone Guide in much the same way as I did Zone Gamma. Notice that while Area N gives more powerups, you have a much better chance of surviving if you take Area M. * Zone M * When Fire Fossil appears, it'll come butt first waving a flamethrower at you. Be sure to blast it now, as doing so might save you some trouble later... Not only that, but Alpha Beam as many of the cannons above and below the fire-cannon as possible. Sure, they're harmless now, but you do _not_ want to deal with them later if you screw up the boss battle. At any rate, the flamethrower is worth a Blue Orb. After a few waves of weenies attack, you'll find yourself situated above 3 cannons and a set of Fire Fossil's fins. Try to blast the cannons out of the way, and be ready for Fire Fossil to toss her fins at you like boomerangs. One of them holds a Green Orb. One missle volley later, you find yourself in the same situation as above. Except this time a few Laser Cannons have been thrown into the mix. Take out the large Laser Cannon for a Red Orb. Destroy all the Laser Cannons and the pea-shooter Cannons, and watch out for the boomeranging fins again. Dodge another missle volley, and take out the weenie swarms again. When Queen launches another Mini-Boss, grab it if you like and prepare for the real battle. * Area N * You'll be greeted by the sight of Fire Fossil's backside. Lovely, innit? You can get a Blue Orb by taking out the flamethrower. More importantly, charge up an Alpha Beam to take out as many of the smaller cannons as you can. They're fairly harmless now, but will be a major pain later on. A large cannon arm will now extend your way. Plant yourself right at the barrel of this thing, since its projectiles can be destroyed. Again, use the Mini-Boss's special move to help you out, if possible. If not, watch out for the red homing lasers. A Red Orb will be yours after you destroy the cannon. Fire Fossil will back off a bit while some weenies will come your way. Blast them for a few more orbs, and prepare for two rectangular installations to come at you. Try to blast off their cannons, and if you've got an enemy captured, Alpha Beam both of them when they meet at the right side of the screen. Next, a large laser cannon will descend from Fire Fossil's belly. Get above its aim and you can destroy it with no problems whatsoever and get a Blue Orb for your effort. A few more peon ships will come your way, followed by another Mini-Boss. Try to grab it, even if you've kept the one from earlier on, since the older one has probably taken a good bit of damage by now. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Fire Fossil-M * Fire Fossil will charge from the left side of the screen, with another flamethrower blazing. Keep to the far right to avoid it, or Alpha Beam to absorb it. This is where the fun begins. Fire Fossil will reappear on the left, and throw some lasers at you. While that goes on, some scales will fly off, circle around the center of the screen, and fly at you one or two at a time. After that, it'll charge up not one, not two, not even three, but four Beta Beams that'll fire one at a time. Grab one of the Orange Shield Thingies that appear if necessary, and let out an Alpha Beam to absorb them all and throw them right back at Fire Fossil. If by some chance you manage to screw this up, Fire Fossil will continue fighting using the tactics outlined below for Fire Fossil-N. * Fire Fossil-N * Fire Fossil will come on screen from the right, launch a few Orange Shield Thingies, and fire a Beta Beam, then back off. Go ahead and counter, but be aware that you'll not get in as much damage as you would like. This is because Fire Fossil will soon present his side to you, while five lasers will come out. These lasers will absorb any leftover Alpha Beam you have left. The one on top and the one on bottom will fire a constant laser that will limit your room to move, while the three middle ones will shoot shorter lasers. All the while, little bullets will be coming at you; destroy as many of them as possible while dodging the lasers. When the lasers are retracted, Fire Fossil will begin shooting spread shots at you, then launch a volley of missiles. Then, he'll swing his rear back on screen, and his tail will produce a long fire chain while any remaining smaller cannons will shoot fireballs your way. If you can destroy any more of the smaller ones, great, but it is probably not worth wasting an Alpha Beam on. After backing off and firing a volley of missiles that will close in on you from the top and bottom of the screen, he'll reapproach from the left with another fire chain. Then, he'll launch a few scales that will gather in the center of the screen and form a "flower" that will match your vertical movements, and eventually fly at you. All the while, you have to dodge a never-ending stream of spread shots. Then, a few waves of Orange Shield Thingies(tm) will appear. Grab one, and dodge Fire Fossil's shots until he backs off again. His tail will reappear once more, and start flamethrowing again. The little cannons will fire long crisscrossing fire beams that will _severely_ restrict your space. Now you see why I recommended destroying them earlier. Dodge a missile volley, and repeat back to step one until FF is destroyed. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Theta - Gallery :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: [Unknown Track 4] Mini-Boss: Gray Stripe Mini-Boss Attack: Laser + Wave (F, B, DB, D, DF, F + Fire) Boss: Death Wings Boss Music Track: H.G.Virus Exits: Zone Mu, Zone Nu --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 2 2 2 2 0 0 1 Area O: 3 0 2 2 1 2 0 Total O: 5 2 4 4 1 2 1 Area P: 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 Total P: 4 4 2 4 0 0 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - beC - deG - thO (20R, 12G, 11B, 16P) alA - beD - deG - thO (20R, 13G, 11B, 15P) alA - gaE - epI - thO (20R, 11G, 12B, 17P) alA - gaE - epJ - thO (20R, 11G, 11B, 16P) alA - gaF - epI - thO (20R, 11G, 13B, 16P) alA - gaF - epJ - thO (20R, 11G, 12B, 15P) Best Blue Route: alB - gaF - epI - thO (14B, 19R, 12G, 16P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - deG - thP (16G, 18R, 10B, 15P) alB - beD - deH - thP (16G, 17R, 11B, 15P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Travel through the ruins of an ancient civilisation, whilst dodging billions of bullets. Try to grab the large ground mech early on in the Main area, since it fires spread shots and homing missiles, adding some much needed firepower to your ship. Area O is the way to go powerup-wise, as it has more Red and Blue orbs. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Death Wings-O * Death Wings opens from the right, with a volley of Anchor Things, spread shots, and those annoying 90-angle homing lasers. Then, DW will take up residence at the top of the screen, launch Orange Shield Thingies[tm] and Solidnite Diamonds, while firing lasers directly at you. After firing some more spread shots, DW will come in from the left and fire some more shots your way, and a Beta Beam. Counter if possible, but be aware that DW will slowly creep to the right. With its tail stuck in the middle of the screen, your space will be limited as another round of spread shots comes your way. Then DW will blast off the right side of the screen, come back in from the left, and fire a volley of bullets. Then, back to the top it goes, with the same lasers, Solidnite, and Orange Shield Thingies[tm] as before. DW will now come in from the right with a dual Beta Beam and lots of bullets. If after countering that, DW is still around, repeat from step one above. * Death Wings-P * Explosive mines and destructable blue shots await you when DW first approaches. After avoiding those, DW will fly to the left side and unleash an ungodly amount of shots (with some Solidnite Diamonds for good measure.) Keep to the right and look for small holes in the distribution of shots to stay alive (or you could Alpha Beam, but be careful not to waste you Beam on the Solidnite.) After that, a few waves of destructable doohickies, then a few waves of spread shots. Then come the 90-degree search lasers, five at a time. Then, DW will take up residence at the top of the screen, launch Orange Shield Thingies[tm] and Solidnite Diamonds, while firing lasers directly at you. Then it will fly to the right, charge a Beta Beam, while creeping to the right. If you had softened up DW early on with an Alpha Beam, countering now should destroy it. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Iota - Glacier ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: [Unknown Track 4] Mini-Boss: Tail Blade Mini-Boss Attack: Wide Laser (F, B, DB, D, DF, F + Fire) Boss: Eight Feet Umbrella Boss Music Track: [Unknown Boss Track 1] Exits: Zone Nu, Zone Xi --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 2 2 0 2 1 0 1 Area Q: 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 Total Q: 4 3 3 5 1 0 1 Area R: 2 2 3 1 0 2 0 Total R: 4 4 3 3 0 2 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - gaE - zeL - ioQ (20R, 12G, 9B, 18P) alA - gaE - zeL - ioR (20R, 13G, 9B, 16P) alA - gaF - zeL - ioQ (20R, 12G, 10B, 17P) alA - gaF - zeL - ioR (20R, 13G, 10B, 15P) Best Blue Routes: alB - gaF - epI - ioQ (13B, 18R, 13G, 17P) alB - gaF - epI - ioR (13B, 18R, 14G, 15P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - epI - ioR (15G, 17R, 12B, 14P) alB - beE - epJ - ioR (15G, 17R, 11B, 13P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Just stay out of Zone Iota, period. The glacial backgrounds are quite pretty, but this level contains some of the most hellacious firestorms you will ever encounter this side of Greatthing. If you have to come through here, be sure to pick up the 1-up at the bottom left ice wall as you make your descent midway through Main. Look out for a fake power-up or two in Area R. Grab the enemy behind it, if you want. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Eight Feet Umbrella-Q * EFU will open by having two of its "feet" shoot flames, reducing your room to move. All you have to worry about at first is a bunch of those anchor looking doodads, however. Then, it will throw some of those large explosive mines at you. Then it will spin its way to the bottom of the screen, where it will fire a few homing lasers at you, then proceed to block off the screen again with some longer blue lasers. Then, it will spin up to the top and repeat. Then to the left side, repeat again. When it stops spinning, it will remain at the left side and fire some lasers that bounce around the screen. These are easily avoided. Then it will travel to the right, fire these donut lasers that can be flown through (if timed correctly), while throwing more mines at you. It will then launch some enemies, so grab one. Charge your Alpha Beam, and absorb the three Beta Beams EFU will fire at you. That should be more than enough to finish it off. * Eight Foot Umbrella-R * Don't get infront of EFU's feet, since they'll be firing electric beams at you. Feel free to Alpha Beam here, if you've got something captured. Look out for the few sets of explosives that EFU will launch after the electric beam part. Then it will spin its way to the bottom of the screen, where it will fire a few homing lasers at you, then proceed to block off the screen again with some longer blue lasers. Then, it will spin up to the top and repeat. Then to the left side, repeat again. Now, EFU will remain at the left side and launch Solidnite Bullets your way. Dodge and/or destroy these. Grab yourself one of the enemies it launches, and hang to the far left, and destroy a path through the swarm of bullets that will be coming. Finally, EFU will fly to the left, and charge up a Beta Beam or three. Absorb them, and send them right back to EFU. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Kappa - Garden of Sky :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: [Unknown Track 4] Mini-Boss: Tail Blade Mini-Boss Attack: Wide Laser (F, B, DB, D, DF, F + Fire) Boss: Eternal Triangle Boss Music Track: H.G.Virus Exits: Zone Xi, Zone Omicron --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 2 2 2 1 0 0 1 Area S: 3 1 1 3 0 0 0 Total S: 5 3 3 4 0 0 1 Area T: 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 Total T: 4 3 4 3 0 0 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - gaE - zeL - kaS (21R, 12G, 10B, 17P) alA - gaF - zeL - kaS (21R, 12G, 11B, 16P) Best Blue Route: alB - gaF - zeK - kaT (13B, 18R, 13G, 15P) Best Green Routes: alB - gaE - zeK - kaS (13G, 19R, 11B, 17P) alB - gaE - zeK - kaT (13G, 18R, 12B, 16P) alB - gaE - zeL - kaS (13G, 20R, 10B, 17P) alB - gaE - zeL - kaT (13G, 19R, 11B, 16P) alB - gaF - zeK - kaS (13G, 19R, 12B, 16P) alB - gaF - zeK - kaT (13G, 18R, 13B, 15P) alB - gaF - zeL - kaS (13G, 20R, 11B, 16P) alB - gaF - zeL - kaT (13G, 19R, 12B, 15P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Not too bad as far as fourth tier levels go. The enemy formations here tend to be escorted by Solidnite Diamonds, which can make things a little tougher to hit. Fly through some clouds and floating islands in Main, then drop down into a forest in Area S or a rehash of Zone Beta in Area T. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Eternal Triangle-S * Eternal Triangle's opening attack is nothing but volleys of varying types of shots, none of which are too difficult to avoid. This would probably be a good time to soften up ET by Alpha Beaming it. Next, it will switch between launching fireball rings and spread lasers that take up the whole screen, leaving little room in which to dodge them. Then, it will break into three pieces. One piece will come in from the left, firing shots at you. Another piece will circle around the screen, firing homing lasers and dropping mines on you. Alternatively, the three pieces will entrap you in a triangle of electric beams, spin around, and fire shots at you. Hopefully your shields will be at full strength, because it can be difficult to avoid the shots. It will reassemble again, while some Orange Shield Thingies[TM] are launched. Grab one, then deal with the Beta Beams. If you Alpha Beamed it earlier with the Mini-boss captured, then ET will not be able to withstand this attack. * Eternal Triangle-T * The first thing it will do is head to the top of the screen, and let its tail fire ribbon lasers at you. They shouldn't be terribly difficult to avoid, however. Next, it will split into three parts, all of which will gather on the right side of the screen. The top part will launch explosive mines, the middle will fire some shots, and the bottom will fire more ribbon lasers. This is probably a good time to Alpha Beam (aim for the middle part); charge this up during ET's intial attack so that any captured enemy you may have will not be destroyed in the meantime. After it reassembles, it will launch some Orange Shield Thingies[TM], which of course you should grab. Absorb the Beta Beam, but be careful while returning fire, because ET will rush to the left side of the screen before your Alpha Beam runs out. It will now be at the bottom of the screen, launching mines and homing ribbon lasers. Concentrate on avoiding those; you can't do ET any harm at this point. It will split up once again, and this time the parts will gather at the left side of the screen. The top will fire various things, while the middile part will fire spreading lasers. If you scored direct hits with two Alpha Beams earlier, you should be able to defeat it here and now. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Lambda - Grand Cliff ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: Kimera II Mini-Boss: Un Guardian Mini-Boss Attack: Magnetic Shot + Laser (B, D, DB + Fire) Boss: Lightning Coronatus Boss Music Track: [Unknown Boss Track 2] Ending Movie Track: [Unknown Track 7] Credit Music Track: [Unknown Track 8] --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 Area U: 3 2 1 2 0 3 0 Total U: 6 3 2 4 0 3 0 Area V: 2 1 2 2 1 7 0 Total V: 5 2 3 4 1 7 0 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - beC - deG - etN - laU (25R, 17G, 13B, 18P) alA - beD - deG - etN - laU (25R, 18G, 13B, 17P) Best Blue Routes: alB - beC - deH - etN - laV (16B, 22R, 17G, 18P) alB - beD - deH - etN - laV (16B, 22R, 18G, 17P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - deG - etN - laU (19G, 24R, 14B, 17P) alB - beD - deH - etN - laU (19G, 23R, 15B, 17P) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: The Main area is fairly straightforward. Grab one of the vertical skinny fish if you need a shield. Heck, grab one if you don't; they make good defensive reinforcements. Area V's caverns are full of hidden goodies, but sometimes the caverns will split and you'll have to play both top and bottom to get them all. Watch out for fake powerups! A certain enemy here will disguise itself as a 1-Up, Tricolour, or some other goodie, only to show its true self when you try to take the powerup. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Lightning Coronatus-U * Coronatus will attack from the right, opening with a bunch of spread shots, bullets, and lightning beams. If you've still got the Mini-Boss from early in the level, you may want to Alpha Beam it now since it probably won't survive long anyway. At any rate, aim for the head and try to stay out of the vertical center of the screen, since that seems to trigger the lightning beam attack. Eventually something will blow and it'll then flip upside down and resume its fireball/bullet/lightning beam attacks. Then, it'll flip over to the left side of the screen, then back, then flip right side up again and continue on its merry way. Then Coronatus will drop down to the bottom and launch some destructable red/blue shots while continuing its spread fireball attack. Then, it will flip around to the bottom of the screen while firing its spread shots. Then it will fire destructable blue/red shots. Ride out this storm, then Coronatus will return to the right side and begin firing the homing lasers. Avoid those for a while, then Coronatus will start launching its claws at you. When it tires of doing that, it will flip over and begin the standard spread/bullet/lightning attack. A few more flips and Orange Shield Thingies[tm] later, its claws will charge Beta Beams. Absorb them both and blast Coronatus back to the original Darius game. * Lightning Coronatus-V * Coronatus will attack from the left, opening with a bunch of spread shots, bullets, and lightning beams. If you've still got the Mini-Boss from early in the level, you may want to Alpha Beam it now since it probably won't survive long anyway. At any rate, aim for the head and try to stay out of the vertical center of the screen, since that seems to trigger the lightning beam attack. Eventually something will blow and it'll then flip upside down and resume its fireball/bullet/lightning beam attacks. Then, it'll flip over to the right side of the screen, then back, then flip right side up again and continue on its merry way. Then Coronatus will drop down to the bottom and launch some destructable red/blue shots while continuing its spread fireball attack. When it flips back up to the left side, the homing lasers begin. Avoid those, then avoid the bullets while Coronatus launches its claws at you. Then, upside down it again goes, with the standard fireball/bullet/lightning attacks. Its trip to the right side of the screen is accompanied with a volley of Orange Shield Thingies(tm), so grab one if necessary. When it slides on back to the left, it will launch its claws again, except this time both will charge up Beta Beams. Absorb both, then let Coronatus have it. That ought to finish him. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Mu - Great Fortress I :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: Kimera II Mini-Boss: Hard Armament Mini-Boss Attack: Triple Napalm (B, D, DB + Fire) Boss: Heavy Arms Shell Boss Music Track: Adam Ending Movie Track: [Unknown Track 7] Credit Music Track: [Unknown Track 8] --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 3 1 1 3 0 1 0 Area W: 2 2 2 2 1 3 0 Total W: 5 3 3 5 1 4 0 Area X: 3 2 1 2 1 2 0 Total X: 6 3 2 5 1 3 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - beC - deG - thO - muX (26R, 15G, 13B, 21P) alA - beD - deG - thO - muX (26R, 16G, 13B, 20P) alA - gaE - epI - thO - muX (26R, 14G, 14B, 22P) alA - gaE - epJ - thO - muX (26R, 14G, 13B, 21P) alA - gaF - epI - thO - muX (26R, 14G, 15B, 21P) alA - gaF - epJ - thO - muX (26R, 14G, 14B, 20P) Best Blue Route: alB - gaF - epI - thO - muW (17B, 24R, 15G, 21P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - deG - etN - muW (19G, 23R, 15B, 18P) alB - beD - deG - etN - muX (19G, 24R, 14B, 18P) alB - beD - deH - etN - muW (19G, 22R, 16B, 18P) alB - beD - deH - etN - muX (19G, 23R, 15B, 18P) alB - beD - deG - thP - muW (19G, 23R, 13B, 20P) alB - beD - deG - thP - muX (19G, 24R, 12B, 20P) alB - beD - deH - thP - muW (19G, 22R, 14B, 20P) alB - beD - deH - thP - muX (19G, 23R, 13B, 20P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: Watch out for fake powerups! They are out in force in this level, posing as 1-Ups, Tricolours, and even regular powerups! Actually, if you can, try to grab the enemy behind the fake stuff, as it makes a powerful flame attack. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Heavy Arms Shell-W * You do still have the Mini-Boss still captured, right? Feel free to use its special move to throw mines at HAS's head before it hides in its shell. Then, just Alpha Beam it outright to avoid the purple waves it sends at you. (Or, sometimes it will be launching mines at you that fire several shots before detonating.) HAS will then head on to the bottom of the screen, filling it up with mines. After that, it will head to the left, filling up the screen with large purple shots. Then it will launch some capturable goodies, before flooding the screen with shots, firing some 90-degree search lasers as it moves back to the right, flooding the screen again, then firing a Beta Beam. Absorb it and return fire. If HAS is still around, it will launch some capturables and give you two more Beta Beams to absorb. But, it will tend to hide in its shell, so you might not be able to get in as much damage as you would like. After that, it goes back to the top of the screen and fires some more 90-degree search lasers. Then it will launch some purple sparks that will fire lasers in random directions before dissipating. Then it will head to the right side of the screen, and fire homing lasers while launching small turtles at you. Then it will repeat the mine flood, then head to the left and shower the screen with ribbon lasers. Then it will launch capturables, fire 90-degree lasers, and fly over to the right side of the screen again, to launch a Beta Beam. If you don't kill it now, it will give you one more chance. Surely by now it will be dead. :) * Heavy Arms Shell-X * The first thing HAS will do is shower the screen with lasers that are pretty easily avoided. Feel free to shower HAS with mines if you happen to have the mini-boss captured. Then, HAS will spin around, firing all sorts of lasers at you, before traveling to the bottom to unleash a load of bullets your way. Then, HAS will head to the left side of the screen, while launching homing ribbon lasers and little turtles. After that, it's Orange Shield Thingies[TM], so grab one if you need one. Absorb the Beta Beam that HAS throws your way, but since HAS likes to hide in its shell quite a bit, it won't be as effective as one would like. Anyway, look out for the explosive mines coming your way, then grab yourself another Orange Shield Thingy[TM]. HAS will now launch these blue spheres that move around a bit, stop, then fire a laser at you, then move on. After that, he'll charge up two Beta Beams. Absorb them both, and blast HAS into oblivion. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Nu - Genesis ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: Kimera II Mini-Boss: Dream Tender Mini-Boss Attack: Napalm + Wave (B, D, DB + Fire) Boss: The Embryon Boss Music Track: Adam Ending Movie Track: [Unknown Track 7] Credit Music Track: [Unknown Track 8] --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 4 2 2 4 0 0 0 Area Y: 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 Total Y: 6 4 4 6 0 0 0 Area Z: 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 Total Z: 6 4 4 6 0 0 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - beC - deG - thO - nu* (26R, 16G, 15B, 22P) alA - beD - deG - thO - nu* (26R, 17G, 15B, 21P) alA - gaE - epI - thO - nu* (26R, 14G, 17B, 23P) alA - gaE - epJ - thO - nu* (26R, 14G, 16B, 22P) alA - gaF - epI - thO - nu* (26R, 15G, 17B, 22P) alA - gaF - epJ - thO - nu* (26R, 14G, 17B, 21P) alA - gaE - zeL - ioQ - nu* (26R, 16G, 13B, 24P) alA - gaE - zeL - ioR - nu* (26R, 17G, 13B, 22P) alA - gaF - zeL - ioQ - nu* (26R, 16G, 14B, 23P) alA - gaF - zeL - ioR - nu* (26R, 17G, 14B, 21P) Best Blue Routes: alB - gaF - epI - thO - nu* (18B, 25R, 16G, 22P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - deG - thP - nu* (19G, 25R, 13B, 21P) alB - beD - deH - thP - nu* (19G, 24R, 14B, 21P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: What an odd backdrop. As the level starts, normal space will condense in the center of the screen and vanish, leaving you in an odd realm of coloured squares, DNA strands, and general weirdness. Pretty cool, actually. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: No matter which route you take, the Embryon is a major pain. This thing loves to waste your Alpha Beams by throwing Solidnite obstacles your way, or by disappearing for a second or two if you start doing too much damage with one beam. Ugh. Also, the Embryon has two targets, the head and the core. While the head can be destroyed (sometimes slightly crippling the Embryon's attack capabilities), it will regenerate, so concentrate most of your attacks on the core. * The Embryon-Y * Anything you have captured is not going to last long, so you might as well unleash an Alpha Beam straight off the bat. If nothing else, it will get you past the spreading fireballs so you can save your shields for a later threat. It's next act will be to swoop around, fire some shots, nab you in a tractor beam that will reduce your ability to manuever properly around the homing lasers. Grab yourself an Orange Shield Thingy, look out for the Embryon's eye laser, and dodge some more homing lasers. The Embryon will then fire two Beta Beams at you. Absorb them and do what damage you can, but the Embryon will soon vanish and launch a screenful of Solidnite Bullets at you. By the time the screen clears and you can hurt the Embryon again, that Alpha Beam of yours will be long gone. Next, it will fire a bunch of spread shots, and fire lasers directly at you. Dodge that, then dodge the rings of shots it will fire at you (at least, dodge as best as possible after it snags you with another tractor beam.) Now, the Embryon will change its shape so that its head is blocking its core, and launch some enemies at you. Grab one, then charge up, and absorb the Beta Beam it will fire. You should be able to blow off the head to get to the core (though the head will regenerate.) Once it flies to the left side of the screen, grab the multicoloured block it launches, then absorb the next Beta Beam it fires. That ought to be enough to finish it off. * The Embryon-Z * Again, softening up the Embryon early would probably be a wise move. After the opening spread fireballs, it'll launch some Orange Shield Thingies[TM] for you to grab, so grab one. Dodge the orange shots that the Embryon will currently be flooding the screen with, then dodge the spiral beams it fires while destroying the Eclipse Eye wreckage that will be coming out of nowhere. Next dodge the lasers and the spreading fireballs. After more swooping and flooding the screen with shots, the Embryon will start launching some capturable stuff while firing homing lasers. Grab something if you need it. After some spiral beaming and spread shots, the Embryon will launch two Beta Beams your way. Absorb them, but you know what happens once you do too much damage with an Alpha Beam; the Embryon will warp out of existence, flood the screen with Solidnite Bullets, and reappear just after your Beam dies out. Next, the Embryon will fire some spread shots, then more swooping and screen flooding (and a tractor beam to boot), then some spread shots and homing lasers, the more flooding, then some Orange Shield Thingies[TM]. Once the Embryon gets back to the left side, watch out for the eyebeams (and tractor beams), then get ready for a dual Beta Beam attack. The Embryon should not survive this one. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Xi - Great Fortress II ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: Kimera II Mini-Boss: Hard Armament Mini-Boss Attack: Triple Napalm (B, D, DB + Fire) Boss: Accordion Hazard Boss Music Track: Adam Ending Movie Track: [Unknown Track 7] Credit Music Track: [Unknown Track 8] --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 Area W': 2 1 2 2 1 2 0 Total W': 5 2 3 4 1 2 0 Area X': 3 2 1 2 1 2 0 Total X': 6 3 2 4 1 2 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - gaE - zeL - kaS - xiX' (27R, 15G, 11B, 21P) alA - gaF - zeL - kaS - xiX' (27R, 15G, 12B, 20P) Best Blue Routes: alB - gaF - epI - ioQ - xiW' (16B, 23R, 15G, 21P) alB - gaF - epI - ioR - xiW' (16B, 23R, 16G, 19P) alB - gaF - zeK - kaT - xiW' (16B, 23R, 15G, 19P) Best Green Routes: alB - beD - epI - ioR - xiX' (18G, 23R, 14B, 18P) alB - beE - epJ - ioR - xiX' (18G, 23R, 13B, 17P) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: A close fly-by a lunar surface, then down into a fortress. Alan says: Try to capture that enemy behind a fake power-up. When captured, it makes a very powerful flame-breathing attack. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: * Accordion Hazard-W' * Accordian Hazard opens up with lots of shots and a ring-of-waves attack not unlike that of Prickly Angler-I back in Darius Gaiden. Soften it up with an Alpha Beam here, which will cut through most of the clutter. Its response will likely be to launch a number of Solidnite Diamonds (and an Orange Shield Thingy), though. Next, a few rings of fireballs that can be tricky to avoid, then AH will fire two lasers straight ahead that you probably do not want to get caught between. Especially when AH combines the lasers with some more rings of fireballs. Now, AH will launch a few capturable goodies, a few not-so-capturable but destructable enemies, some missiles, and reappear on the left side of the screen. A few homing lasers will attack while AH charges a Beta Beam that you should promptly throw right back at it. If AH is still alive, it will continue by blasting a few lasers, launching a few capturable enemies, then unleashing a wave of enemies and shots while still trying to hit you with that laser. Dodge all that, and AH will return to the right side of the screen and charge up two Beta Beams. Absorb them, return fire, and AH should not survive. * Accordion Hazard-X' * Accordion Hazard will open with the rings of fireballs and the twin lasers. Hold out in the vertical center of the screen and Alpha Beam it, and you should be fine. (Careful, though; the space between the lasers is a bit narrow.) AH will then rush at you, so watch out. It will then take up residence at the left side of the screen and flood the screen with shots. AH will then return to the right side of the screen, but not before releasing some capturable goodies, some enemies, and some missiles. Grab an Orange Shield Thingy or a multicoloured cube, and get ready for AH to launch a dual Beta Beam. If you'd Alpha Beamed it before, countering this will destroy AH. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Zone Omicron - Grave of Culture ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Level Data: Music: Kimera II Mini-Boss: Un Guardian Mini-Boss Attack: Magnetic Shot + Laser (B, D, DB + Fire) Boss: Greatthing Boss Music Track: Adam Ending Movie Track: [Unknown Track 7] Credit Music Track: [Unknown Track 8] --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Powerup Data: Red Green Blue Purple Gold Silver 1-Up Main: 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 Area U': 3 2 1 2 0 2 0 Total U': 6 3 2 4 0 2 0 Area V': 2 1 2 3 0 7 0 Total V': 5 2 3 5 0 7 0 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Red Routes: alA - gaE - zeL - kaS - omU' (27R, 15G, 12B, 21P) alA - gaF - zeL - kaS - omU' (27R, 15G, 13B, 20P) Best Blue Route: alB - gaF - zeK - kaT - omV' (16B, 23R, 15G, 20P) Best Green Routes: alB - gaE - zeK - kaS - omU' (16G, 25R, 13B, 21P) alB - gaE - zeK - kaT - omU' (16G, 24R, 15B, 20P) alB - gaE - zeL - kaS - omU' (16G, 26R, 12B, 21P) alB - gaE - zeL - kaT - omU' (16G, 25R, 13B, 20P) alB - gaF - zeK - kaS - omU' (16G, 25R, 14B, 20P) alB - gaF - zeK - kaT - omU' (16G, 24R, 15B, 19P) alB - gaF - zeL - kaS - omU' (16G, 26R, 13B, 20P) alB - gaF - zeL - kaT - omU' (16G, 25R, 14B, 19P) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Overview: This is one of my favourite levels. You get to travel through a thunderstorm in Main, where each lightning flash reveals the fact that you are being watched. The fact that Kimera II is a rather spooky track adds to atmosphere here. Unfortunately, the two sublevels are rehashes, which is a shame after such a cool introduction. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boss Tactics: In the words of one of Einhaender's bosses: "Du wirst sterben." In short, it's worth it to Alpha Beam Greatthing at every opportunity. It may not be particularly stylish or do much for your rating, but it will keep you alive... relatively speaking, that is. * Greatthing-U' * Get ready for this. Greatthing starts by launching a huge volley of shots while vomiting little shark enemies. So far, not too bad. If you've captured Un Guardian and it's still with you, take the opportunity to Alpha Beam Greatthing... even if it hadn't been taking a beating throughout the level, it would not survive long against GT's screen flooding. Anyway, next come the 90-degree homing lasers. Then, GT will take up the right side of the screen, and begin firing some mines. Here's where the fun begins. GT will now begin using the ol' Darius Gaiden tactic of sweeping the screen with a long laser. Not only that, it'll add some homing lasers to boot. Try to stay at the top of the screen to avoid the laser sweeping, but be mindful of the 90-degree lasers. Next, it'll launch the ol' drill thingies from GT's first appearence back in Darius Twin. No big deal; just destroy them and watch out for the resulting shrapnel. Now you get to fly behind GT and dodge shots and homing lasers. Do that for a while, then GT will repeat its initial attack, this time from the left side of the screen. Grab one of the sharks (it's actually not a bad capture, really.) Then, GT will repeat the laser sweeping deal again. Then the drill attack (but grab one of the multicoloured cubes it launches, if necessary.) Then back behind GT again. This is where the fun really begins. Spreading shots, spreading destructable blue shots, and drill shrapnel. Good luck. Still alive? Then watch out for the mines and homing lasers as GT makes its way back to the left side of the screen. Dodge the spiral lasers and fireballs while trying to grab a shark (if necessary) to throw GT's dual Beta Beams back at it. Of course, that would be too easy, so the occasional wave of Solidnite Diamonds will get between your beam and GT. Hopefully you've won, because the next thing it will do after that is fling screenfulls of shots, lasers, and homing missiles (though fortunately not at the same time.) However, if you've been Alpha Beaming every chance you get as I recommended above, you shouldn't have to worry about this. * Greatthing-V' * Seems to fight using the same tactics as GT-U', oddly enough. Good luck! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: The G.Darius One-Page Travelogue :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Zone Map: All powerup figures given in the chart below La are totals for both the main part of the zone Et and the area listed. For example, the figures De Mu given for Alpha-A are the totals for the Be Th beginning of Zone Alpha and its top path Al Ep Nu (Area A). Ga Io Ze Xi Ka Om --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zone Area Total Red/Grn/Blu/Pur/Gld/Slv/1Up Boss --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alpha A 6 3 2 4 0 0 0 Eclipse Eye-A Alpha B 5 4 3 4 1 2 0 Eclipse Eye-B Beta C 4 3 2 4 0 0 0 Tripod Sardine-C Beta D 4 4 2 3 0 3 0 Tripod Sardine-D Gamma E 5 3 2 5 0 0 0 Queen Fossil-E Gamma F 5 3 3 4 0 0 0 Queen Fossil-F Delta G 5 4 3 4 1 2 0 Dual Horn-G Delta H 4 4 4 4 0 3 0 Dual Horn-H Epsilon I 4 3 4 4 1 3 0 Dimension Diver-I Epsilon J 4 3 3 3 0 1 0 Dimension Diver-J Zeta K 4 3 3 4 0 0 0 Absolute Defender-K Zeta L 5 3 2 4 0 2 0 Absolute Defender-L Eta M 3 3 3 4 0 1 1 Fire Fossil-M Eta N 4 4 4 2 0 1 1 Fire Fossil-N Theta O 5 2 4 4 1 2 1 Death Wings-O Theta P 4 4 2 4 0 0 1 Death Wings-P Iota Q 4 3 3 5 1 0 1 Eight Feet Umbrella-Q Iota R 4 4 3 3 0 2 1 Eight Feet Umbrella-R Kappa S 5 3 3 4 0 0 1 Eternal Triangle-S Kappa T 4 3 4 3 0 0 1 Eternal Triangle-T Lambda U 6 3 2 4 0 3 0 Lightning Coronatus-U Lambda V 5 2 3 4 1 7 0 Lightning Coronatus-V Mu W 5 3 3 5 1 4 0 Heavy Arms Shell-W Mu X 6 3 2 5 1 3 0 Heavy Arms Shell-X Nu Y 6 4 4 6 0 0 0 The Embryon-Y Nu Z 6 4 4 6 0 0 0 The Embryon-Z Xi W' 5 2 3 4 1 2 0 Accordion Hazard-W' Xi X' 6 3 2 4 1 2 0 Accordion Hazard-Y' Omicron U' 6 3 2 4 0 2 0 Great Thing-U' Omicron V' 5 2 3 5 0 7 0 Great Thing-V' -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------Part III - G.Darius Merchandise---------------------- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Guide Book Info ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= title: G Darius Official Guide Book publisher: AXELA price: 1200 yen ISBN4-900952-84-2 Review (by Alan Kwan): The guide book is excellent. It contains lots of details, many not included in this FAQ, such as numerical data of each and every enemy in the game, and complete information of even randomized boss attack patterns such as those of Absolute Defender. The book is also in full color with high printing quality. It is recommended for players who feel the desire to know the game inside out, except for two points. First, the book is in Japanese; though you can still read numerical data and such without knowing the language, you'll also be missing some of the information. Second, the book may be very difficult or impossible to find in your local vicinity. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: Soundtrack Info ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Title: G. Darius Original Arcade Score Publisher: Zuntata Records (ZTTL-0014) Price: ???? Review (by Zach Keene): I've never been able to find a copy of this, so I really can't review it. However, by playing this game, you should already know whether or not the music is worth buying, right? :) Title: G. Darius: Future Is Over Publisher: Zuntata Records (ZTTL-0019) Price: 2550 yen Review (by Zach Keene): [Note: Future Is Over is the translation for this CD's title given by Game Music Online. If that is inaccurate, sue them, not me.] This CD should have been called the "G. Darius Remix Album", since that's basically what it is. And, for the most part, it's quite good. Only a handful of the songs from G.Darius are represented here. However, each song that did make it has at least two remixes, and the songs chosen were IMO the best from the original score anyway. Both of the "Adam" remixes are excellent, although one of them (track 8) sounds like it would fit in quite nicely on the next "Pure Moods" album. :) My biggest complaint is that the Kimera II remixes, while pretty good, aren't as good as the original. However, the fact that the original is my favourite track from the game may have something to do with that. :) There are a few sound clips on Zuntata's website (http://www.taito.co.jp/ztt/zuntata.html) from this album. The site is mostly in Japanese, but there's enough English there that anyone should be able to stumble their way onto the page for this CD to find the clips. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ::: The End ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= And that's the end of yet another FAQ. I'll be working on some FAQs from the other Darius games, so keep on the lookout for them. Thanks for reading! Zach Keene 30 May 1999 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Author of many FAQs: MK2, FF1, Einhander, CSOTN, AGVS, G3, and G.Darius ftp://members.aol.com/fnlfanatic/arcanelore/ Shooter fans: Visit the new alt.games.video.shooters today! ----------------------------------------------------------------------- "The freedom we lost cannot be re-conquered cheaply, but however high, it's a price worth paying." - Robert Miles -----------------------------------------------------------------------