artwork for the original Darius (Arcade)
famous stage one fish boss from the first
Darius game. This is the TG16 version which
captured the spirit of the arcade game well.
A nasty jellyfish (!) boss from
Darius Force (Snes)
and right) Two bosses from the stunning
Darius Gaiden (Arcade) which was definitely
the best looking 2D Darius game ever.
the pics for some of the great Taito
artwork from the Darius series in full below:
(Top of page) Taito's monster
arcade cabinet for Darius
1 and 2 (picture) comprised of 3 monitors bolted
Taito's Darius Series: or 'You'll
need something more than a shrimp net to
deal with this little lot...'
Hundreds and hundreds of enormous gun-toting
aquatic beasties are out to get you! Although the Darius
series never really entered my psyche in the way
that the Gradius and R-Type series did they have a certain
all their own, particularly in the boss department..
mechanoid fish passing Jupiter..yesterday
(Detail from the Darius 2 arcade artwork)
first blasted into the arcades in 1986 with the first
game in the series. The arcade machine was notable for
being a huge 3-screen monster with action taking place
across a massive playing area. Taking control of a Silver
Hawk freedom fighter it was your job to put a
stop to the
evil invading armies of Belser, and their fleet of
enormous battlecruisers cunningly disguised as.. er..
well fish and
other assorted marine lifeforms. The first game suffered
from being rather difficult however, being extremely
unforgiving if you died and lost your weapons.
Darius 2 appeared in 1989 offering a
whole new selection
of aggressive mechanical marine fauna. This time the evil
Belser faction had invaded Earth's Solar System! Darius 2
improved on the arcade original by adding a lot more
weapons and a higher frequency of powerups making it
a more forgiving game, although it was not a huge leap
forward from its predecessor overall.
The last 2D
arcade incarnation of Darius was Darius
Gaiden (1993) which finally gave the series a
shot in the
arm graphically speaking with some stunning artwork,
even better weaponry and amazing bosses (below and left).
Darius Gaiden featured a remarkable upgrade in terms of
graphics from the first two games, and sported some very
imaginatively designed, almost anime-style giant bosses.
many home versions of Darius some of my favourites
include Darius Plus (TG16) - a
conversion of the original Darius, Darius Twin
- the best Darius game on the Snes, Darius Gaiden
on the Saturn, and the remarkable latest game in the
series, G-Darius on Playstation.
on the Playstation took the series
into the world of 3D with some huge,
impressive and all-new bosses
you can play all three arcade incarnations of Darius in
the Raine emulator, although due to the
first two using 3 screens in the arcade it is difficult
to get them working well unless you use a very wide (and
therefore tiny) screen mode. The home versions are
variable in quality, but you can't really go wrong with
G-Darius on PSX or (my personal fave of the series) the
Saturn version of Darius Gaiden, which you can pick up
extremely cheaply and
is well worth doing so, as it is an excellent conversion.
See also: Easy
and Hard Bosses!