Mars Matrix
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Mars Matrix (sometimes subtitled Hyper Solid Shooting) is a relatively rare vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up that used a horizontal monitor, featuring a more sophisticated visual style with high-res, partially-rendered graphics, powered by Capcom's CPS-2 board. The game's central mechanic revolves around your ship's ability to vacuum up enemy projectiles (which are plentiful) and fire them back at them, but the ability is balanced by a timer and the fact that all of your ship's weapons (including a fast-firing gun, a more powerful blast weapon and an even more powerful Gravity Hole Bomb) are all activated with timed presses of a single button. Mars Matrix's polished visual style and beautiful-but-deadly cascades of enemy projectiles give it a feel that stands out from the crowd of turn-of-the-millennium shooters.

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