Tagged: Silpheed

It’s another thing I’ll never buy, but it sure is pretty

What poignant development in the world of gaming could motivate me to make a post on this site after three month’s absence? Obviously it’s something dumb and old. In fact, it turns out to be doubly old because this upcoming model kit of the SA-77 starfighter from the 1993 Sega CD shooter, Silpheed, is actually a renewal of an already long-forgotten 2010 line of model kits. I vaguely remember seeing it around 2010 but couldn’t find an old post where I probably would’ve said the same thing I’m about to say…

I will never buy this thing, build this thing, paint and detail this thing, or display this thing in my home. But lookit, it sure is a beaut!

On Sale in June, Big Bad Toy Store has an ETA of August 2022 at $73. I think I’ll just save all the pics I can now instead of ruining a perfectly good model kit with my half-assed abilities.

And suddenly Silpheed was a 3D shooter on Android

Silpheed and I go way back, back to the Sega CD days when I was rooting for the bolt-on hardware to dazzle the world and silence the naysayers. While that dream scenario never happened I did get Silpheed, a dazzling shooter that I eventually realized was just playing out on top of pre-rendered videos. Then the series went silent for, oh, eight years and was brought back as a mediocre isometric shooter on PlayStation 2. Another six years and it was dredged up by Square Enix as a (sp)Ace Combat shooter on Xbox 360.

Given its history it seems only fitting that after four more years someone would pull Silpheed out of the box, dust it off and shove it onto another platform. The surprise this time is that SILPHEED Alternative is for the Android mobile OS. Sadly, any excitement the surprise reappearance caused in me was quickly blunted by its similarities to Project Sylpheed. It’s a 3D space shooter (in the Ace Combat vein) with on-screen buttons and a cluttered sci-fi HUD display. It’s also only available on the Japanese Android Market right now meaning I can’t even try the free Lite version. If someone ever ports it I’d love to give it a shot but even then this may be one of those rare apps that runs better on an Android tablet with a few extra inches of thumb space.