Galaxy Force II Shrine
is a small, humble little page devoted to Sega's Galaxy Force
Arcade shooters. For those not familiar with the games, which
were very similar, Galaxy Force I & II were hardware scaling
3d games, similar to Space Harrier - they used no real polygons,
and instead achieved a 3d effect by sheer computation, scaling
dozens of sprites simultaneously to simulate depth. For the time,
the graphics were very impressive, and even today one would not
look at the game and think it was made in the 1980's.
This page includes information, screen shots,
multimedia, and links that cover the arcade version and the Saturn
conversion. I might one day add info on the various other versions
(Amiga, SMS, Genesis), but none of them were even close to the
original, which still has not been converted 100% faithfully.
Ultimately, my hope is that this unique hardware will be emulated
by MAME or a hardware-specific emulator.
I'd like to say just a few words about WHY I started this shrine.
I feel that Galaxy Force II was fairly original, and influenced
3d shooters in the years to come. One can see echoes of the design
in Starfox, Descent 3, and other games. The concept of flying
in large outdoor environments and then proceeding inside, though
questionably executed, was interesting. I recommend the Saturn
Import conversion to anyone curious about trying it out - you
can get it fairly cheap usually (around $20).