"Astro City Mini" review. Let's play all 37 masterpiece arcade games. Introducing the main body functions such as save & load function
About Astro City Mini body specifications
The Astro City Mini features a lever and buttons that imitate an LCD monitor and control panel. The power cable has a USB connection, so you can play anywhere as long as you have a USB port. The game screen is displayed on the LCD monitor, so you don't need a monitor. It doesn't feel like an arcade, but the playability and atmosphere are a bit like a game arcade.
The left is Astro City Mini. The right is Mega Drive Mini
The screen ratio of the LCD monitor of the main unit is 4: 3, and if you connect it to a monitor etc. with the HDMI terminal, you can play with a screen ratio of 16: 9 and a resolution of 720p. When connected to a monitor, the main unit monitor is turned off and becomes a large controller.
The levers and buttons are made from the materials used for Astro City, so the feeling of pressing the buttons is exactly the same. The lever has a strong "tick feeling" when it is tilted, and it has a fairly solid operation feeling.
However, it is still small. Even if the buttons are small, there is no problem with the operation feeling. As for the lever, it is a little difficult to play because you have to operate it by pinching it rather than grasping it. If you want to play in earnest, it's best to buy a dedicated control pad or a dedicated arcade stick (sold separately).
By the way, when I connected another controller and arcade stick, it didn't work.
Functions of Astro City Mini
When activated, the game selection screen appears, and all 37 recorded titles can be selected by moving the lever up and down. If you put the levers to the left and right, you can see some prepared screenshots.
You can view screenshots with the left and right levers.
When you select a game, you can check the explanation of the game and the button layout. Select a new game and start the game. The button layout cannot be customized.
Game start screen. If you use the state save function described later, you can start the game while loading the items at the bottom of the screen.
In the main unit settings, you can set the screen brightness and volume for playing on the main unit monitor from the language setting. The screen settings also have the ability to filter like Astro City's CRT monitor. Also, since the screen ratio is 16: 9 when a monitor is connected, it is possible to set a frame in the gap between the left and right.
With a frame, it looks like this
Since the game is an arcade game, you can start by pressing the credit button (it feels like pressing the credit button will put a digital 100 yen into the housing). If you press the credit button and the start button at the same time, the game will be paused and the Astro City Mini menu screen will be displayed.
On this menu screen, you can reset the game, return to the main menu, and support the save & load function. You can save and load anywhere during the game, so use the save function when you want to interrupt. A play style such as aiming for one coin clear while cheating by save & load is also possible.
It's also nice that the shooting game has a continuous shooting button function in addition to the normal shot button.
About recorded games
By the way, the following 37 titles are recorded in Astro City Mini.
1. " Virtua Fighter " 2. " Space Harrier " 3. " Rad Mobile " 4. " Dark Edge " 5. " Arabian Fight " 6. " Golden Ax " 7. " Golden Ax Death Adder's Revenge " 8. " Cotton " 9. " Thunder Force AC " 10. " Sonic Boom " 11. " Youth Scandal " 12. " Quartet 2 " 13. " Puyo Puyo " 14. " Puyo Puyo Dori " 15. " Scramble Spirits " 16. " Columns " 17. "Columns II " 18." stack Columns " 19." Flicky " 20." Ninja Princess " 21." Alex Kidd with Stella The Lost Stars " 22." SHINOBI Shinobi " 23." Shadow Dancer " 24." ESWAT: Cyber Police Ys watt " 25." crack down " 26." gain ground " 27." Bonanza Brothers " 28." Position setup are " 29." Wonder Boy " 30." Wonder Boy in monster land " 31." Wonder Boy III monster Leer " 32." fantasy zone" 33." Alien Storm " 34." Alien Syndrome " 35." Tanto are " 36." altered beast " 37." Dottorikun "
Let's pick up some titles and lightly convey their playability. Since the samples such as the control pad have not arrived, it is an impression using the control panel of the main body.
The gold standard of 3D fighting games. The game has a solid control panel and command input is relatively simple, so the operation feeling is perfect. When the button layout of the prior information was released, there was a voice among fans that "it is different from the button layout of the original" Virtua Fighter "", but A is punch, B is kick, D is guard, In the product version, it was firmly "Virtua placement", so the Virtua fighters can rest assured.
Since the real thing is a hands-on housing, it is a game that is operated by steering, accelerator, and brake pedal, but in Astro City Mini, it is operated by levers and buttons. This is a little strange, but it's surprisingly easy to play. The steering bends at once when the lever is tilted, so it is a good idea to tilt the lever in small steps to adjust it on loose curves.
Vertical scrolling shooter where the formation of a wingman is the key. Since the screen is projected more beautifully than the original Astro City, it is impressive that I was able to clearly enjoy the beauty of the dots. I enjoyed the detailed production that I didn't notice when I played in the arcade. Also, it has a rapid fire button, so it's quite easy to play. However, if you play with the LCD monitor of the main unit, it will be a vertical screen with a screen ratio of 4: 3, so it is quite difficult to see. "Gain ground" is also recommended for monitor connection.
Of the four characters, Ramaya, one of the red ones, is a particularly popular belt scroll action. The operation is very simple, so I could play with the control panel of the main unit. Don't miss the beautiful animations.
Pseudo 3D fighting game. Even though it is difficult to operate guards, it is extremely difficult to operate with a mini-sized control panel. Many of the special moves require lever rotation, so if you want to play "Dark Edge" firmly, you should use an external controller.
Playful Astro City Mini
By the way, to summarize with my impressions, the Astro City Mini has functions that firmly suppress the elements necessary for the mini hardware system, such as state save and high resolution support. Astro City itself looks perfect, so it's perfect as an interior. If you leave it on the demo screen of your favorite game, it will increase the feeling of a game center and is recommended.
However, it is a bit disappointing that many of the recorded game titles can be played even with the Mega Drive Mini, even though it is an arcade version. For example, I'm even wondering if one title in the "Columns" series was good. Of course, it is a good impression that some titles with a high premiere feeling such as "Dark Edge" and "Arabian Fight" are recorded (although it is a maniac existence). The author's honest feeling was that I wanted a title that would be a little more "oh".
Even so, all 37 titles and volume are perfect. The game itself is a lineup that you can play to the fullest, so satisfaction is not low. Rather, thanks to actually touching it, I also enjoyed the play feel that I personally want to buy. We look forward to the release date on December 17, 2020.