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#1 VectorGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:14 AM

Gradius III
A horizontal shooter where you control Vic Viper, a spaceship that increases its power by collecting capsules left by destroyed enemies. The player chooses the desired power-up by collecting capsules until the required cell is lit on the menu. The game is divided into stages, each containing a boss that must be destroyed.

Game Information
Game Name: Gradius III (World ?)
Released By: Konami, 1989
MAME ROMset: grdius3e
Dip Switches: Lives: 3; Bonus Life: 20000 and every 70000; Difficulty: Normal
Chosen By: FlyingTurtle
ROM Location: http://romhustler.ne...nload/mame/1835
Twin Galaxies MAME World Record: N/A for this ROMset and settings

Note: Dependent on parent ROM Gradius III (Japan) http://romhustler.ne...nload/mame/1834
Note: You may freely choose your weaponry and shield

Competition ends Sunday, April 17 @ 12PM EDT

Leaderboard
1. 101,140 keilbaca
2. 61,710 jasonbar
3. 61,310 onmode-ky
4. 44,750 patbb
5. 14,000 roadrunner
6. 11,500 LarcenTyler
7. 10,600 rmaerz






Season Standings
Calculations through week 35
1. patbb 1516
2. rmaerz 1352
3. roadrunner 1074
4. LarcenTyler 387
5. FlyingTurtle 360
6. jasonbar 216
7. Zoyx 209
8. mr. toast 183
9. Dr Galaga 147
10. ClassicGMR 128
11. Rathis 75
12. HatefulGravey 43
13. LaserHawk 30
14. chuckwalla 28
15. homerwannabee 20
16. 4Ks 18
17. Mister VCS 16
18. riffraff 15
19. Fres 10
20. wizmo 8

Edited by rmaerz, Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:22 AM.


#2 jasonbar OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:48 PM

61,710 after a few games.

It takes a while to figure out what all the weapon levels are. I finally settled on favorites.

Can't get past the Lawrence Welk bubble extravaganza on level 2. It's just too much!

This game is strangely unsatisfying. Life Force is one of the 1st boards I got for my first JAMMA cabinet, so maybe I'm biased--I adore Life Force.


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#3 roadrunner OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:49 PM

I don't like this game at all. 14,000

#4 Cynicaster OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:40 AM

I don't like this game at all. 14,000


Never posted in one of these threads before. I gave this game a whirl last night and was able to get around 50k (I'm not trying to enter this score, I'll post a photo later). I agree with the guy who posted the first entry: those bubbles are complete craziness. Still, surprisingly, I found this game somehow entertaining and traditionally I've not been very interested in shooters.

Is there really no way of continuing, or am I missing something? I kind of like that, actually.

#5 VectorGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:10 AM


I don't like this game at all. 14,000


Never posted in one of these threads before. I gave this game a whirl last night and was able to get around 50k (I'm not trying to enter this score, I'll post a photo later). I agree with the guy who posted the first entry: those bubbles are complete craziness. Still, surprisingly, I found this game somehow entertaining and traditionally I've not been very interested in shooters.

Is there really no way of continuing, or am I missing something? I kind of like that, actually.


For the HSC, no continues are allowed. I haven't played the game so I don't know if there are continues or not.

#6 VectorGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:26 AM

Just messin' around

5,600

#7 LarcenTyler OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:49 AM

11,500

Damn, I stink.

#8 keilbaca OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:55 AM

I'm not normally in this... but I LOVE me some Gradius 3, but the snes version is much easier than the Arcade.

Its time to fire up my laptop and my SSF4 stick!

Some helpful tips for you all:

Go into edit mode, and make your ? and + Shrink and Lives as Options.

Once you die in this game, its impossible to get back started again, so using that option will make you go farther than before.

Shrink will help you with those elusive bubbles ;)

Edited by keilbaca, Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:15 PM.


#9 patbb OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:43 PM

44,750

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#10 VectorGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:59 AM

10,600

#11 keilbaca OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:08 AM

101,140

Got to stage 3!

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#12 onmode-ky OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:27 PM

After a few runs, 61,310. I've never participated in a HSC event before, but I noticed it was a Gradius title this week. However, I'm not quite sure how valid my score is, given that I occasionally encountered some very noticeable slowdown.

I could definitely do better, most obviously because in the game where I got this score, I crashed into the ceiling while I had full shields up. :) D'oh!

onmode-ky

P.S. I'm not aware of continues being available in any Gradius title aside from Gradius V (PS2). As for III being unsatisfying, well, it is often cited as being abnormally difficult, more so than its well refined immediate predecessor, in what I've read on the Web. Something like it being unfair, I guess. Note that 10 years passed by before Gradius IV was made.

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