|Type:||Shooter||Players:||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
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