Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams, Arcade

Sega‘s 1991 arcade release, Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams, is a strange-but-cute side-scrolling shoot ’em up featuring a young witch on a broomstick, called Cotton.

The game is set in a fantasy, nightmare-like world, rather than in space, and Cotton must blast her way through waves of devious enemies and defeat a variety of bosses.

The cut sequences are funny, mostly because the Japanese-to-English translation is so bad (“Please down with the Evils!“), but they contribute to the game’s ‘zany’ feel.

Cotton is more challenging (and more interesting) than it might initially appear. It would be easy to dismiss it as a “girl’s game”, which would be ridiculous, and wrong – staying on your broomstick is no easy feat.

Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams is surprisingly enjoyable as a shoot ’em up. Some people actually call it a “cute ’em up“, which is… erm, cute. I call it a fantastic blast from the past. Don’t be put off by the ‘cute’ aspects – it’s a challenging and worthwhile shooter with excellent graphics.

See also: Cotton 2: Magical Night Dreams

More: Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams on Wikipedia

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