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Juno First by Jellodyne
Game:Juno FirstCompany:Konami
Type:ShooterPlayers:1 or 2

In Konami's Juno First, your mission is to destroy wave after wave of attacking aliens over a 3D playfield. There is no denying the obvious influence from the Williams classic Defender. The sound, the appearance of the shots, the apperance and behavior of enemy ships, the particle explosions and the black background all add up to more than coincidence. There are even the occasional humanoid to rescue. Despite all this, Juno First is not really a Defender rip-off. The 3d scrolling background and the rainbow colored particle effects are more stylized than in Defender. The gameplay is faster and much simpler. While it was the depth and complexity that made Defender an all time classic game, it is this simplicity which made Juno First great.
The games graphics are colorful, stylized and were pretty spectacular for 1983. It is truely cool in a dark room with the lights out. The sound is good but not exceptional. According to the readme.txt the sound is not complete, but it sounds good to me.
The gameplay of Juno First is fast and furious. About three levels in you find yourself dodging fire from all directions and frantically blasting at your enemies' heat-seeking bombs. It is so frantic in fact that it takes a bit of practice to advance more than a few levels into the game, but with some skill and parctice it is possible.
The controls are simple. The joystick controls movement left and right as well as forward and reverse thrust. A mere two buttons are present, which allow you to fire and to temporarily warp off the playing field.
Juno First is one of a steady stream of great Konami games. It is easy to play yet extremely challenging. While it may lack the depth of play to be deemed a universal classic, its frantic action and cool design gives it a high replay value.

This game is playable in MAME which can be downloaded from our Emulators Page and the ROM is available in the 'J' section of our ROM Pages.
Graphics
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7
Sound
Play Control
10
9
Challenge
Replay Value
9
10
Performance
1999 EmuViews