Hamster's weekly Arcade Archives release is Jaleco's 1991 scrolling shooter, Earth Defense Force.
This original version of the game allows you to take control of an XA-1 space fighter as you fight to save the earth. Here's the backstory along with some information about the gameplay and some screenshots:
Control your XA-1 space fighter and take part in a worldwide endeavor to stand up against the AGIMA EMPIRE'S plot to take over the Earth! With each power-up the might of your weapons and the types of optional formations increases!
The Arcade Archives iteration will set you back $7.99 (or your regional equivalent), supports up to two players, and comes with various game settings that enhance the experience. Players can also compete against other high scores.
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