R-Type is the first game in the series. The series received it's name from the titular R-Series ships; in this case, the R-9A Arrowhead. The "R-Type" refers to Round-Canopy, a trait held by nearly every R-craft ever built. It was ported to nearly every system in production at the time, each with subtle changes to the game and translation; a particularly egregious example would be the first Game Boy version, which changed a large variety of names. R-Type has also been released in a variety of compilations. R-Type II was released a year later.
StoryThis the story of the first encounter with the Bydo, taking place in the year 2163. The player controls the R-9A Arrowhead to free humanity from the Bydo threat. It takes place in the same year as R-Type Leo.
Other versions of the story state that First Contact started after the World Government had sent a probe to Galaxy X1X. Having found the Bydo building their forces, the government prepared the R-9A in advance.
The player is supported by POW Armor, which releases power-ups upon destruction.
Stages and Bosses
|Transport System||No Boss*|
|City in Ruins||Bronco|
|The Bydo Empire's Star||Bydo (Core)|
Note: * the PC-Engine version features a boss from Image Fight.
The following are encountered in R-Type:
- POW Armor
- The TurboGraphX 16's box art shows a Slither that never makes an appearance in Stage 1, this could also be a bad interpretation of Dobkeratops' tail.
- The Dobkeratops on one of the arcade ads looks remarkably similar to the Dobkeratops living in the Jupiter installation in R-Type Command.
- British Animator Paul Johnson has, as of early 2016, revealed that he is working on an animated short in tribute to the first stage of R-Type. Several animated sequences have been revealed on the artist's twitter.