In most arcade shooters, the bullets you’re spraying out are your main offensive weapon. In Missile Dancer though, they’re a defensive afterthought, there just to protect you from the rockets your foes are hurling at you.
The real power here comes from a blue circle that surrounds your plane. And that simple twist is enough to turn the game into something really rather special.
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Because that blue circle is your range finder. Anything evil that passes through it for long enough is targeted, and then your ship automatically fires out a rocket in their direction.
This adds a quite wonderful mix of risk and reward to proceedings. You can’t shy away from the action, because your guns aren’t strong enough to deal with anything.
Instead you need to get in the mix, tagging planes, helicopters, tanks, and more, in order to blast them to pieces and earn some sweet points.