Cosmo Gang - The Video by Namco for Super Famicom (Japanese version of the 16-Bit Super Nintendo), released in Japan in 1991 in the arcade and the following year for the console.
So what have we here? Namco, purveyors of alien blast'em-up classics such as Galaga, Galaxian and Gaplus (my tongue hurts now) retooled a familiar formula yet again, this time with a popular Japanese redemption machine theme. How many times can you go to the well?
Cosmo is a simple retelling of that tired old story (okay, I don't mean to be so harsh!) with a fresh coat of pixel-paint. Very cute, very colorful, the game tasks you with shooting down wave after wave of the cartoony Cosmo Gangers in due process.
It's very fluid, very bouncy, very cutesy. If you liked the earlier iterations of this theme, then you will no doubt feel right at home in this installment as well.
Pretty standard fare, which deviates from the norm as you progress through the journey (somewhat interesting powerups, fire-breathing foes, and of course the expected bonus stages!) Cosmo isn't a breakthrough of any sort, but it is nice and solid and good for some mindless happy cheery blasting.