THE GENIUS OF GAREGGA
Battle Garegga. If you’re into shmups, chances are you’ve seen this name quite a lot. For the past five years it has topped the Western shmup community’s list of best shmups ever made. Even today, decades after its release, it attracts enthusiasts from both the West and Japan.
But why? What makes Garegga great enough to attract such praise? Why is this game getting a design analysis when so many other great shmups aren’t?
The truth is, its qualities are actually rather subtle. While this game does have a strong thesis underlying its entire system, the true genius of Garegga comes from an innumerable number of interesting situations—some of which are intentional, and some of which arise naturally due to the game’s design.
…which means I’m gonna walk through each and every one of them with you.