#65: The Guardian Legend

Released In: 1989
Developer: Compile
Under License From: Irem
Publisher: Brøderbund Software

      The planet Naju is flying towards Earth, replete with evil alien lifeforms that will surely do bad, bad things to its peaceful inhabitants. As the guardian of Earth, you must fight your way to the planet's center and activate conveniently placed self-destruct mechanisms. Oh yeah, and the self-destruct mechanisms are guarded by giant boss monsters.

Syd Lexia: I was incredibly terrible at this game back in the day. In fact, rarely did I make it past the opening spaceship sequence. I wish I hadn't sucked so bad, because this game is absolutely amazing.

greeneyedzeke: Oh God, yes. If I had my way, this game would easily have made the top fifty. Such is the case, however, that not everyone played The Guardian Legend. Apparently some people don’t derive joy from fighting intergalactic bad guys with cool weapons and then transforming into a fucking spaceship to speed through the heavens, obliterating wave after wave of enemy vessels. Even the music in this game is completely kickass. John Romero didn’t make me his bitch, Irem did. And the kicker is that I didn’t know a thing about this game until a relative with no knowledge of what was “cool” in 10-year-old boy world figured “hey, it’s one of those, uh, game cartridge things” and gave it to me as a Christmas present. I now love that relative more than any other person who claims kinship to me.

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