Mr. Apol: this one baffles me a bit, because on one hand it's a LOT like gradius, even down to the level design and multiple planets. really solid gameplay too. i think this came out in '83 or '84 (most of the games i had were from around those years), so i'm trying to figure out if konami
was somehow influenced by this game when making the first gradius game (wiki says it came out in '85). it is a mystery to everyone.