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    Back around 1990 when the Genesis was first trying to get established in the market, we began to see a swarm of shooters from a few companies all striving for a buck. Renovation was one of those companies, usually translating those mediocre to okay titles from the Mega Drive to the states. Of those titles brought to us was Arrow Flash and I must say that this is one of the better titles Renovation Products ported over.

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    I love Renovation....Good or Bad.
    They have some sweet games.

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    I'll have to disagree on this.
    Arrow Flash is WAY BELOW average. Highly unbalanced shot/"flash" powers and plainly annoying music throughout.

    The best things are the opening and ending graphics, everything in-between is completely forgettable.

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    I didnt say why I like them?
    They always had something neat in the games for me that really stood out from the pack! Like stories,SFX,gameplay...something
    Intro's count too!

    Back when it came out, I still loved it! Not as much as say Target Earth, but ..eh....like Valis....or may El Vetino!
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    a Damn good Shmup from Renovation

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    Good game worth picking up. It's one of the built-in games on the Firecore.

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    Default Decent shmup

    This game was ok, its worth going into your collection and it did have some good music to it. some of the boss fights were to simple but other than that, its a very ok game.

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    Big fan of this game. Might not be a complicated shooter, but it's good wholesome fun, with good colorful graphics and neat special effects. And the music is pretty cool too. And please GOD, do not play the version on the Firecore Genesis. It sounds and plays like ASS.
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    Just beat this one on Hard/3 Lives. Actually, I got to the last boss without losing a single ship, but then screwed up and lost several lives before defeating it -- I had the II Weapon that shoots diagonals when you're in mech mode, and needed to switch to spaceship mode so that I could concentrate my fire. Oh, well.

    I think the reviewer pretty much is spot-on, except for the swirling backgrounds which are distracting visual clutter (a pet peeve of mine). I'm no shmup master, and if I can make an almost-perfect run on the hardest settings after only four hours of gameplay, we're talking about a pretty easy game. But I think there's a place for that kind of game in the Genesis library; not everything has to cater to the hardcore, or make the hardest settings practically impossible. It's kinda nice to finish a game in 30 minutes, too.

    Anyway, it's short and easy but feels pretty good to play, at least until you get blown up and lose all your firepower (though even that is not such a big deal until the last couple levels on Hard). Curse has better tunes, though.

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    AF was one of my earliest Genny titles, back in 1990.

    three or so years later, i ended up trading it off, along with
    several of my other early games.

    over the last couple/four years, i've pretty much nearly
    reacquired all those titles i traded off, including ARROW FLASH.

    while my original copy was, of course, the U.S. version,
    with the bad box art of the redesigned "1980's Resistance Fighter" female pilot, as i like to call her;




    i was much happier to find out that the JPN MD original
    version featured this Adorable little Cupcake♥ ;







    there is also a Euro version of AF, complete with it's
    own unique boxart, it too far superior to the atrocious
    U.S. art;




    still, for me, nothing even comes close to that Precious Princess♥ in the JPN MD art...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tasuke View Post
    AF was one of my earliest Genny titles, back in 1990.

    three or so years later, i ended up trading it off, along with
    several of my other early games.

    over the last couple/four years, i've pretty much nearly
    reacquired all those titles i traded off, including ARROW FLASH.

    while my original copy was, of course, the U.S. version,
    with the bad box art of the redesigned "1980's Resistance Fighter" female pilot, as i like to call her;




    i was much happier to find out that the JPN MD original
    version featured this Adorable little Cupcake♥ ;







    there is also a Euro version of AF, complete with it's
    own unique boxart, it too far superior to the atrocious
    U.S. art;




    still, for me, nothing even comes close to that Precious Princess♥ in the JPN MD art...
    The American artwork is way fucking cooler.

    Too bad it all belongs to such a ho-hum game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phosis View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tasuke View Post
    AF was one of my earliest Genny titles, back in 1990.

    three or so years later, i ended up trading it off, along with
    several of my other early games.

    over the last couple/four years, i've pretty much nearly
    reacquired all those titles i traded off, including ARROW FLASH.

    while my original copy was, of course, the U.S. version,
    with the bad box art of the redesigned "1980's Resistance Fighter" female pilot, as i like to call her;




    i was much happier to find out that the JPN MD original
    version featured this Adorable little Cupcake♥ ;







    there is also a Euro version of AF, complete with it's
    own unique boxart, it too far superior to the atrocious
    U.S. art;




    still, for me, nothing even comes close to that Precious Princess♥ in the JPN MD art...
    The American artwork is way fucking cooler.

    Too bad it all belongs to such a ho-hum game.
    I dunno but judging by the photos I prefer the Japanese artwork. It's not that the US artwork would be terrible but that red border pretty much ruins it, plus it's pretty obvious that it's not the original.
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    Then we set about developing killer games.

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    Alright I'll give you that. Red border thing.

    Why did they really need 3 separate art styles? Was the Euro version not American enough? I can understand not using the Japanese artwork over here, but three different art styles seems pretty excessive.

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    I think the American artwork is pretty badass but it suits my personal tastes better than the anime girl one because as a mecha-nut I like looking at mechs and "80's cool" designs. Not as sweet as what they did with Gaiares but I like their style anyway. The red border is a eyesore though and the European art is my favorite.

    Sega published the game themselves in Europe so I'm guessing for the US release Renovation was left to their own devices with the art and that's why the European cover wasn't used.

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