By Data East
The makers of offbeat games like Burgertime and Bump 'n Jump's
sole entry to the laserdisc sweepstakes literally takes the
quarters right out of your pocket with one of the most exciting
attract modes this side of Dragon's Lair. Lavishly animated
scenes of space battles, strange creatures, beautiful women,
horrible destruction and more flash on screen as you sort
through the coins in your pocket. Unfortunately, once you've
parted company with six bits you learn that all of those
wonderfully excited animated scenes are primarily limited
to the attract mode. The game that remains is basically your
average bottom-screen, slide-and-shoot contest played over
a laserdisc-generated background. Althought the fact is
not mentioned anywhere in or around the game, Bega's Battle is
based on a Japanese anime film, Genma Taisen. In the movie, as
in the game, the title character, Bega to defend the human
race against the dark forces of evil. You control Bega at the
bottom of the screen by means of a Tron-style joystick with
top-mounted fire button.
The laserdisc footage used as a backdrop during each of the
attack waves is effectively outer-worldly, yet can sometimes
prove to e a distraction. For example, in the third screen,
the jellyfishes' missiles can be particularly obscured by the
colorful, moving background. Otherwise, laserdisc animation,
complete with music and voices, is used only to introduce
you to a new hero or nemesis before each attack wave.
As a Space Invaders/Galaxian hybrid, Bega's Battle is mediocre.
It also proved to be much too difficult for most players, and
considering that it cost quarters to play, Bega's Battle was
usually seen in arcades left alone in a corner in attract mode.