No, the bees definitely don't kill you. You grab them, but they don't add to your lives total. Hmm.
Turns out it pays off to get the regular bells, I had no idea at first the points would keep doubling. When each of them nets you 100,000 pts, all of a sudden, you don't really want to shoot them.
You know what I hate about Konami shmups? Slow-ass ships and having to pick up power-ups to go at a decent speed. They always pull this crap. Their shmups would be 10x more enjoyable if it weren't for that.
Really? I thought I was killed by a bee. Maybe I was hit by a concurrent bullet. I love the risk reward of grabbing power-ups. And I hate it, as well.
I had totally forgotten that about bells. Good to know.
And, yeah, I always go for 2 or 3 speed boosts first. Having too many makes it kind of a bitch to control with a D-Pad, though. It seems like shmups are a genre that could really benefit from analog control, but that's a rare combo, right?
Kind of sad, isn't it? That we're so accustomed to using the circle pad for digital games? It kind of baffles me that Nintendo still hasn't settled on a 'definitive' pad/button style yet. Moreso that anyone thought the 3DS versions were an improvement in any way.
Yeah, it's an online league. Mikey and I are the only ones that post scores lately, though. And I've actually missed a couple of days recently. I'd bet that Mikey is really pulling ahead now. Like, WAY ahead.
I got this score a while ago... just played again tonight and I came shy by 100k while making it to 2-5. I missed so many bells on the earlier stages, I should have restarted. Oh well, at least I made it pretty far.