Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum is a game i picked up dirt cheap on Ebay, and I hadn’t heard about it before. When I was sitting and trying out the lot of around 30 something NES games I had ordered I got stuck playing Dash Galaxy since it was so much fun!
At first the gameplay strikes you as very stiff, but after a while you realize that it’s supposed to be like that and that the stiffness of the controls just adds to the challenge of the game.
The objective is to reach the tip of the Spaceship. You do this by entering different stages in different rooms. You can also find warps that will sometimes take you a few rooms ahead, but also send you back a bit. It’s trial and error, you basically need to find the correct route to take you to the last stage. This is what the different rooms can look like:
The tunnels lead to different stages and you can move around blocks to clear a path. There are also forcefields which kill you unless you have a key that opens them or a bomb to blow them up. In room 24 you will find the last stage which is the tunnel in the bottom left. Also if you stay in a room for too long your oxygen will run out and you will die. This is the same in each level, you have an oxygen meter which decreases even faster if you get hurt by enemies.
The stages have various design and backgrounds, and there’s several different types of enemies and obstacles. The music is very catchy, you can hear the songs and watch some of the gameplay in a video I put together here:
Here’s a what a few different stages look like:
The final stage looks like this:
This final stage is a bit tricky since the blue blocks are icy and slippery and whenever you make a long jump in between them you slide a bit without being able to stop, so you need to time the jump precisely.
I managed to beat them game today ^_^ While attempting to do a speed run. It took around 9 minutes I think.
Here’s a video of my speed run in case you need help trying to beat this game:
It’s a great game with great music, challenging but fun! I suggest everyone should pick it up, since it can be found really cheap on Ebay :D
I like how this game has two views, side and top down. Not a lot of platformers offer that. Your speed run made it look very easy! But I know it’s just your retro expertises at work :)
And not much of an ending! Many older games were like that.
haha thanks ^_^ It sure is a great game! I know you’re more of a Sega-person ;D but if you manage to get your hands on an NES by accident I suggest you should pick this up!
I really do want to collect SNES but the thought of trying to get good condition cardboard case scares me too much! :P
Someday I might just collection my fav. NES and SNES carts.
I never did play Zelda 1 or 2 and I really really want to.
True that.. since you love the Mint Condition stuff, it’s both expensive and rare when it comes to early Nintendo stuff :( HOWEVER! If you start collecting FAMICOM and SUPER FAMICOM the stuff is always in super nice condition cause the japanese are TIDY people! :D haha
(I never played any Zelda game either.. I gave the first one a try but it was too friggin’ hard so now I’m just boycotting the series) >_<
Another intriguing classic. So good in fact it’s worthy of a Versatile Blogger Award.