2. Blazing Star
If you’re a fan of horizontal shooters, Blazing Star is the game for you. Developed by Yumekobo (Pulstar, Prehistoric Isle 2), Blazing Star manages to climb to the top of the Neo Geo’s shooter pack, delivering a variety of vibrant stages that host plenty of towering bosses, along with some gorgeous, pre-rendered ship models that pop off the screen. Players can choose from a variety of ships, each sporting their own special shot standard and charged shots, each offering a drastically different play style. Oh, and did I mention the boss of the game is a giant fetus with a bazooka? Yeah, you literally battle a rocket-launching baby in the heart of a hostile alien cesspool. Need I say more?
Fun fact: Blazing Star is actually the game responsible for the name of this humble site of ours. When you’re shot out of the sky, the computer will deride you with a brilliantly Engrish, “Hey, Poor Player!” Yumekobo, you are our muse.