In R-Type, “player controls a space fighter named “Arrowhead” to defend humanity against a mysterious but powerful alien lifeform known as ‘Bydo’, which was later discovered to be not entirely alien in origin.” ScrewAttack takes a look back at this title after the break.

It earned 7th place in IGN’s Top 10 most difficult games to beat. The gameplay of R-Type is noticeably distinct among shoot ’em ups. Invariably the player will lose, not because of an inequality in firepower, but because of the design of the levels themselves