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Shooting Collection (MSX)


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Shooting Collection was made by ASCII in 1992 for the MSX. It consists of the two subgames Pig Race and Shooting.


In Pig Race the player shoots a pig in order to guide it through a track while racing another pig. Shooting at the pig will cause it to jump. The player may juggle the pig by shooting it in a certain rhythm in order to let it fly. Shooting right next to the pig will cause it to walk into the opposite direction. The obstacles are road blocks and craters. Loosing will cause the pig to cry whereas winning will make the pig cheer. The animations are really cute and in the background a classic piece of music is played. The racing track is not randomized. Therefore memorization is the key to get a good time score. The game looks simple but I found it to be quite challenging.


Shooting is a shooting gallery consisting of 4 mini games. All mini games have in common that a 12 shot weapon is used which is reloaded by shooting the MC icon. In the right corner the remaining time is indicated as a decreasing bar. The first game is skeet shooting. The second game is about shooting balls on a podium. Just the one indicated ball can be shot. The third game is a shooting range. Targets in various distances are shot. In the last game cans are juggled. The player may juggle up to three cans at the same time. Under various conditions the cans are lost. The playfield consists of two screens: a forest and the sky. In the sky UFOs can be shot.


Personally I like the game. I think Pig Race is cute and I like the creative idea. The controls of this mini game seemed a bit sluggish to me though. I had lots of fun with the mini games of Shooting. The scoring system kept me playing for a long time. I feel it gives the game an arcade like vibe. The graphics and sounds are nothing special.


I like the cover. While the flying flowers fail to represent any of the contained games, it looks rather pleasing.