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Cotton 2: Magical Night Dreams, Sega Saturn

The second game in the infamous Cotton series, developed by Success and released into arcades first, then converted to the Sega Saturn in 1997.

It features one or two-player simultaneous, side-scrolling shoot ’em up action, with the main characters being two witches who fly on broomsticks. This simultaneous two-player action is the main difference between this and the first Cotton game.

Graphically, Cotton 2: Magical Night Dreams is richer, colour-wise, and more detailed than the first game, although – personally – I prefer the more simple nature of Cotton #1‘s visuals. Somehow the graphics in Cotton 2 feel a bit dated compared to the first game.

Still, Cotton 2 is a frenetic and appealing shoot ’em up. You can chain kills together to get bigger bonuses, which is new to this game. The boss battles are still frequent and bonkers, and – like the first game – Cotton 2 is an impressive challenge.


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