Bangai-o is a shoot-em-up that is different to most conventional shooting games on the market in the late 20th century. You control a super robot that has dual pilots Riki and Mami. To win the game you must progress through 40 different levels and destroy the boss on each level. You must destroy everything in sight, a trademark of any true shooting game. Bangai-o is very Japanese in it’s presentation and gameplay, which is no bad thing.
You can swap pilots of your robot at any time by pressing the left trigger, and this effectively changes the attacks that you have at your disposal. Riki’s attacks target the enemies and lock on to the closest robot. Whereas Mami fires single lasers that ricochet off the walls in the levels. These attacks are less powerful but can be useful in destroying enemies that are out of your line of sight. Additionally, you have a bomb attack that can be charged up to deliver a massive amount of destruction.
Bangai-o's control method includes using both the directional pad and the analogue control stick. Although this a little awkward at first it allows you to move and shoot in completely different directions. Very handy for taking out the end-of level baddies.
This game is easy to get into and a lot of fun to play. There is a decent challenge here if you are up to it. Points have to be awarded for originality and we haven’t seen a game like this in a long time. Imagine Smash TV or Robotron but with a flying mech-warrior instead. Crazy, but it works!