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OorWullie

Some tips for what they're worth.

The first wave of enemies are your best chance of racking up a huge combo. I've managed to rack up a combo of 35 from them. This earns a nice little bonus at the end of the first stage.

You should be clearing the first section in no more than 80 seconds. Take 90 seconds and you'll struggle to get started on the 2nd stage. I've managed it in 70 seconds before with a score of 41k.

The boss can be taken down in 30 seconds but you have to stop him from doing his triple jump thing. When I set my high score I had taken him down with over a minute left on the clock.

For me,Japan is the best stage to choose next. Italy takes too long to get going .

As for what gives you the 20k or 40k stage bonus ,I have no idea. It doesn't seem to be remaining lives/health/time or combo. I really have no idea. I've reached the end of stage with a minute remaining ,both lives intact and half a bar of health with a 20+ combo and was only awarded 20k.

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monkeyspasm

This is just an idea, but does anyone think it's worth having a new, 1 credit challenge for Tengai and Strikers 1945 at some stage? Maybe when we run out of games? Might be fun, we could keep the existing leaderboards as well. I'd love to change the settings on my Switch to 1 credit, but I'd never beat the existing scores, either on here or on my Switch!

As I said, just a thought, and I'm very grateful for these challenges as they;ve made me learn games I never would've otherwise

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OorWullie

@monkeyspasm Definitely.As soon as I have a chance I'm going to make a 1 credit open leaderboard for those. Some have already submitted scores but I've kind of lost track. I've reset my leaderboard for Strikers 1945 already.

Dragon Blaze is frustrating me. I absolutely love the game but man is it tough. I've been sticking to 1 credit and normal difficulty but I can't make it past the 2nd boss. I'm so tempted to lower the difficulty but I can't bring myself to do it. 148k is my best score on it so far.

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monkeyspasm

That's brilliant, thank you @Oorwullie

I'm the same, Dragon Blaze is superb but so tough. There's a lot to scoring, with the extra mechanic of separating the dragon as well as charging shots.

I love Psikyo shooters. At first they seem unfair if you're used to bullet hell games with small hitboxes, but after playing a while (and this is only based on playing since these challenges!), you realise it pays to play aggressively, and bombing is actively encouraged. What I also love is learning the traits of the different characters you can play as. These games are much deeper than you think at first glance, with tons of replay value!

Having said all that, I'm rubbish haha. But having tons of fun!

I mounted a TV in my games room on a 360 degree rotating bracket just for these games

I noted the fact that the Switch has reportedly been hacked with interest. Usually, I'd be excited at getting emulators to run on it, but honestly, now I'd rather support the likes of Hamster and Zerodiv in their efforts. I've had these games for years on a MAME cab, but I've only grown to love them since buying them on Switch. Β£6 a pop for absolute classics with plenty of options is fine by me.

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masterLEON

@OorWullie I don't know what triggers them, but I get extra enemies sometimes on the China stage. Probably because I'm trying to drag out the combos. In any case, I still don't see myself touching your score. I wouldn't be opposed to seeing Dragon Blaze as the next challenge, hint, hint.

@monkeyspasm I think when we get commercial emulators (HAMSTER) or even remasters (ZeorDiv) that run great, and is backed and supported by the original companies or IP holders, that's when we really start appreciating these games that we wouldn't be able to play in their original forms otherwise. And then we don't mind plunking down the cash for them...and all of a sudden you have 10-50+ of these in your library.

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the_shpydar

@Zkibu Thanks.

I managed to really boost my score tonight, i'm i think just one or two spots below you as of last check (somewhere around #13 or so with close to 125k? I forget exactly at the moment).

I find using Falcon works best for me, i'm just able to his combos with him quicker. Kongoh for me moves too slowly for my style of play, but i get why people would use him.

If i can shave off some time here and there (especially for the China boss), i should be able to get even higher. With the boss i often end up either running out of time or getting killed by rushing and getting sloppy (which obviously tanks the whole run since no end-level bonus).

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OorWullie

I've added the current standings to the leaderboard thread minus 1 name.

,"Stevie" followed by Japanese letters.I forget your NL name sorry.Please let me know or if someone can remind me

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GFoyle

@OorWullie LOL, my couple of test runs to get the feel of the game ended up in the list (last) . Unfortunately I don't think I have time to play this week to do well in this game at all.

Those who have played both, Sengoku 3 and Wulverblade, what did you think of Wulverblade? I have had that for a while and I though it was great and I personally like it much more than Sengoku 3 (which, based on very short amount of playing time, seems good as well).

As for Dragon Blaze, it's though and definitely different from other Psikyo shmups I have played. Kinda combines Psikyo with Cave, with hard parts from both. I have done some test runs to get the feel, but it feels quite intimidating to try to learn "quickly". Hit-box is quite small in that one, but unlike DU3, it's not clearly shown to player as bright spot. Not sure why this is different from other Psikyo/Zerodiv Shmups, but the score resets on each continue, which means 1cc is the only thing which works if playing for score (multiple credits only if you want to get to later stage for practice or just want to play the game for fun and see all the stages...)

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Lroy

@GFoyle I've only spent a few hours with SENGOKU 3 and WULVERBLADE and whilst obviously quite different, they both are great, great beat-em-ups. Quite hard though ☺️

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My best so far..

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Absolutely loving Sengoku☺

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Lroy

@hybridseed Yes, I noticed we were both playing at the same time this afternoon. I managed to jump ahead of you but you've now leapfrogged over me by some distance. I cracked 100, 000 but am about 23rd I think on the Global Leaderboard.

I still haven't managed to kill the Boss of China πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³

Anyone able to link me to a video of how to defeat the China Boss quickly?

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Qualitybeats

Sorry I’ve been MIA, but apparently launching a YouTube channel and taking it seriously leaves no time for Leaderboards. Sadly. I’m still around and will be looking to participate real soon. In the meantime, I’m happy to see the leaderboards alive and going strong.

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hybridseed

@Lroy What works for me is to use your special Ninja Art while he's to your right.. Pin him in the corner and mash that [removed] upπŸ’ͺ

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Zkibu

@Lroy
Just go near and use BBBYYY combo. When you get the timing right it is actually quite easy. If you are having trouble approaching the boss just use dash attack and maybe start a juggling combo. You can also add some ninja arts: down, down Y/B.

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Lroy

@hybridseed Is your 'special Ninja art' down, down and B?

Also what other 'special moves' are people using? Or how do you do them? ☺️

I just seem to be spamming BBB, right/right, BBB to keep enemies in the air for multiple hits or the same routine but with Y.

Also i'm trying to break everything in sight. I keep hold of the ninja stars as you get a bonus for every one over 9 but does picking up the plates or bombs award you any points?

The blue flying skulls that appear in the third area of China give you some gold coins on occasion.

Any other tips? For extra points?

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hybridseed

@Lroy ⬇⬆A+B ☺

P.S I have my B button set as jump, that's how I prefer it and it avoids any accidental non score uploadπŸ˜‰

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Lroy

@Qualitybeats Hey Dude, good to hear from you. Look forward to you tearing up the leaderboards again soon πŸ‘Œ

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