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Parodius ~Tako wa Chikyū o Sukū~ (lit. Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth) or just Parodius, is a scrolling shooter video game developed by Konami for the MSX computer and was released in Japan in 1988. The game is notable for being the first title in the Parodius series, although it is often confused with Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- in that respect. The name itself is a portmanteau of "Gradius" and "Parody" and, eponymously, the game is a parody of the Gradius series of space-based horizontally-scrolling shooters. Many of the characters and enemies are derived from that famous shooter series, while other elements are extracted from other Konami titles, such as Antarctic Adventure and TwinBee. This game is of particular note in the series as being heavily infused with Japanese culture and folklore.

Gameplay

The gameplay is very similar to the Gradius games, with other aspects from games such as TwinBee. However, the characters are replaced with silly characters taken from either these or other Konami games as well as Japanese culture. The music is mostly taken from classical music pieces.

The player can play as either Tako (father of Takosuke), an octopus, the Penguin (father of Pentarou) from Antarctic Adventure and the exclusive MSX game Penguin Adventure, Goemon from the Ganbare Goemon series, the Popolon knight from the MSX game Knightmare or the Vic Viper spaceship from Gradius. The game is composed of six stages consisting of various obstacles and enemies such as penguins and bees, as well as more traditional Gradius enemies such as moai. As with Gradius, the game utilizes a similar selection-bar based power-up system.

However, when a random power-up is picked up then a feature called Bellpower/Roulette will automatically make the player's power bar skipping powers until the player presses the button used to stop the roulette. However, some players may be unlucky and getting their chances of landing on the OH! power instead of the ? and the options.

Vic Viper Parodius
Lord British Parodius

Ports

Parodius was later included in Konami Antiques MSX Collection Vol.3 for PlayStation, Konami Antiques MSX Collection Ultra Pack for Sega Saturn, Parodius Portable in PSP with enhanced graphics.

In addition, it was released for mobile phones in December 2006 and for Virtual Console in January 2010.

Cheats

Type these commands to access cheats:

  • F1 Z E N B U Enter F1 - All Weapons
  • F1 K O N A M I Enter F1 - Get Vector Laser
  • F1 B U T A K O Enter F1 - Get Up Laser
  • F1 T A K O 1 8 T H Enter F1 - Get Rotary Drill
  • F1 P A R O Enter F1 - Get Wrap Around
  • F1 K A T A I Enter F1 - Increase Shield Durability (Does not work with ZENBU)

There are bonus stages in stages 1, 4, and 5.

Stages

StageNameMid-BossBossMusicRemix of
1 Ur StarBig MoaiBig PenguinCrime of CenturyConcerto for Piano No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
2 Game StarLaser RushJan Ken PonRight of OctopusMoonlight Sonata, 3rd Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven
3 Annoying StarDirt RushTenuki Tenuki BuzzIllusion of OctopusPeer Gynt Suite No. 1, 4th Movement by Edvard Grieg
Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66 by Frédéric Chopin
4 Stray StarCute BillsMaidsCrazy World9th Symphony, "New World Symphony" by Antonín Leopold Dvořák
The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers by Leon Jessel
5 Mystic StarNoneGe Ge Ge AuntThe Walts of OctopusSwan Lake Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
6 The StarOrganBugFate of OctopusRide of The Valkyries by Wilhelm Richard Wagner
5th Symphony, 1st Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven
B Extra StageBug-Misfit
Bug-Mayhem
Bug-Abaddon
Sweet EmotionMarch of The Toreadors by Georges Bizet
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt

Enemies

Parodius
Characters TakoVic ViperPentaGoemonPopolon
Stages Ur StarGame StarAnnoying StarStray StarMystic StarThe StarExtra Stage
Bosses Big MoaiBig PenguinBug-MisfitJan Ken PonTenuki Tenuki BuzzCute BillsMaidsBug-MayhemGe Ge Ge AuntBug-AbaddonOrganBug
Gradius Video Games
Gradius series GradiusGradius IIGradius IIIGradius GaidenGradius IVGradius GalaxiesGradius VGradius ReBirthGradius: The Interstellar AssaultGradius NEOGradius NEO Imperial
Spin-offs Salamander (Life Force) (MSX ver.)• Salamander 2Nemesis 2 (Nemesis '90 Kai) • Nemesis 3Nemesis (Game Boy)Cosmic WarsSolar Assault
Parody games ParodiusParodius Da!Gokujō Parodius!Jikkyō Oshaberi ParodiusSexy ParodiusParo WarsOtomedius (Otomedius Gorgeous) • Otomedius X: Excellent!
Other games ScrambleFalsionThunder CrossThunder Cross IISpace ManbowForce GearTrigonXexex
Pachislot Gradius: The SlotCR Parodius Da! EXGokuraku Parodius
Cancelled Vic ViperGradius ArcSalamander HD Remaster