Hooray! I finally played an arcade game with someone else for this review…and this arcade game when you think about it is just weird, and for me, weird = good. Forgotten Worlds, also known as Lost Worlds ( ロストワールド) in Japan, developed and published by Capcom and was released in July 1988. This is quite an important game since it not only took two years to develop and cost of $5 million to produce (or $10.01 million as of 2014), add to the fact that graphics were top notch and set the standards of making graphics the best of the best.
In the strange future, Emperor Bios has obliterated most of Earth, creating a new world known as “Dust World” due to it being a wasteland. But two nameless soldiers are created and NOT arriving from absolutely nowhere as I thought. They’re tasked to defeat Bios and his eight minion Gods.
The game is a shoot ’em up and you simply shoot EVERYTHING. You play as one of the super soldiers as you shoot down enemies and bosses, all for the good of the world. You get a machine gun but if you go to the shop (which I’ll explain soon), you can get a satellite module which you can upgrade. Now depending on what console you’re playing (I played it on the PS2 via Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 1), you can use one analog stick to move your character, the second one to aim your weapon and R1 to shoot, but some ports enable you to spin in a direction, then shoot; this may make the game harder as a result and the arcade original is tough as nails, but with a friend makes the difficulty a least a but tolerable.
Now the one thing that makes this game unique is the level design. It’s just random, it can go from colourful and vibrant to insane in its own merit, there’s one level where you’re in an Egyptian place and faces, skulls and body parts are the wall and the faces pop-out and you can shoot them down. And even the bosses are quite strange, so let’s move on to the shop. You see, when you shoot down enemies you collect blue coins called Zenny and you can use it to buy new weapons, restore health, increase health, and info on how to defeat bosses, but if you save up your Zenny, you can get the ultimate weapon, the best laser weapon in the game.
Overall, this is a game that us fun to play by yourself, with another person, it’s awesome, the gameplay is great, the graphics are superb, the music is awesome and it has some unique level design, a worthy and underrated two-player experience.
You can get it on the Arcade, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Sega Master System and the TurboGrafx-16.