Classic arcade shooter
Now this is an arcade classic, a vertically scrolling shooter in the style of Commando that added in some innovative elements to create a legend. In the arcades, Ikari Warriors was notable for its rotary joysticks which allowed players greater freedom of movement and its two-player mode and while the control system is changed slightly for the home versions, the game remains true to its roots and is still a lot of old-school fun. Plot-wise, things are pretty thin and really the whole game is just an excuse to shoot loads of people and blow stuff up. While simple, the gameplay is undeniably entertaining, especially with two players, with the addition of grenades, tanks and limited ammo adding to the chaos. Graphics are pretty crude but somewhat charming nonetheless, with vibrant colours, chunky sprites and some humorous animations, although the sound fares a little worse, with scratchy, droning effects and music that soon irritate. Ikari Warriors still holds up well today, despite its simple gameplay and for any video game historians or retro fans, this needs to be played. Its innovations influenced a lot of later games and playing it today really brings back those memories of the 1980s and the thrill of the arcade.