Phelios

by Namco

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If you like Greek mythology, you have to play this great game. Phelios was released in 1990 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and I remember playing it for hours and hours until I had to go to school the second day. I controlled Apollo, riding on the swing horse Pegasus, who had a sword which fired if the fire button was pressed. If the button was held down, upon its release a bigger fireball was released from the sword of the God of Sun. Although the story was simple and short, I have enjoyed Phelios for few weeks before moving to other games.

Rescue the princess..

Thousands of years ago the Greek nation was at peace. Without warning, Typhon, an evil god from the underworld, rose from out of the Earth and kidnapped Artemis, the goddess of the moon. He took her to his fortress to cause fear, hatred and unrest in the kingdom. As Apollo the sun god, must ride your flying horse Pegasus through 7 areas controlled by Typhon's mythological demons and monsters. Fight your way to Typhon's castle for the final confrontation and rescue Artemis.

Phelios is a new Genesis shooter that may share similar concepts with other blasters while adding a couple of new features which make the game new and different. One option, which will appeal to the players who want more challenge, is the limited play mode. You have the option to select either an easy or advanced difficulty setting, but if you select the easy mode you only can play levels four to seven. With the advanced settings it is possible to play all of this game's fantastic rounds.

Phelios, despite its unconventional storyline, is solid shooting action from beginning to end. All of the power-ups and Boss encounters you would expect from a solid shooter are present, along with enough graphics and animation to really show off just how powerful the Genesis really is. So saddle up Pegasus and get set for a clash of the titans!

People say:

7

Phelios is a very addicting shooter with superb graphics and a decent level of action. The game is a little thin by the time you get to the higher levels, however, due to a lack of weapons and diversity, yet remains recommended.

9

This is a video game shooter at its very best! Phelios not only captures the graphic intensity of the arcades, but also the high level of action as well. Phelios is a well-rounded, thought-out shooter for novice and expert alike!

8

One of the better vertical shooters out for the Genesis, Phelios has very good game play filled with lots of shooting action. Although it isn't original in concept, it is both challenging and well executed throughout!

9

Great colorful graphics that will knock you out of your chair! Dazzling multi-moving graphic imagery and theme music! A shooter yes. but what a shooter this is! A mythological storyline with R-Type overtones. Exceptional!

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The action is fast and furious, with a huge variety of environments and enemies, and of course the pick ups to butcher them with. With a health bar of only three hits, and only room for one more, it is challenging.

The levels vary greatly in style. Almost each level contains at least one scene where you have to employ a special strategy to succeed. These special tasks considerably spicen up the gameplay, even though some of them could have been implemented better. A good example for this is the last stage, where you have to collect all the letters of the word "PHELIOS" in order to upgrade your charge shot.

The backgrounds are incredibly well done, with all sorts of fine tuned details. In the levels where you are flying over rivers and lakes, you can see individual clouds moving past at various speeds. The bad guys themselves look pretty cool as well. They are all different, although some sprites are reused with different colours. They move smoothly though, and the variety is incredible and fitting to each stage. In the first level, there are large dragons which fire a trio of fireballs at you, while in the second level which sees you flying through a cave, there are all kinds of wall crawlers which are trying to knock you out the air.

Apollo could admittedly look better. He has very few animations, which each have very few frames. They could have spent more time on him, but then it has to be remembered that this is an old game, and it would have been harder to add any more frames without it looking cluttered.

Bosses are very well done, sticking with the idea of greek mythology, with Medusa, Cerberus, and Siren amongst others.

The music in Phelios is good, and has a large variety and adds a lot of effect ESPECIALLY in the ice caves level. Sound effects in Phelios are also impressive. The soundtrack ranges from upbeat, exhilarating tunes (during the high-flying levels that take place in the sky) to intense, intimidating tracks (often played inside of dungeons or caverns). The sound effects are surprisingly solid; shooters can often get annoying when you are forced to hear your screeching laser cannon being fired over and over again, but Phelios manages to keep the effects simple and subdued.

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Phelios system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Phelios supports single modeSingle game mode

2005-09-25 Phelios is an abandonware arcade game.

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