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November 2021 Challenge: Vulgus

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Last month, you controlled a Muggle vehicle and tried to avoid colliding with other vehicles.  Being hindered by gravity and the inability to fire back against those who wanted to run into you meant that the game was not the best advertisement for Muggle technology to wizards.

Well, this month you also control a Muggle vehicle and try to avoid colliding with other vehicles, but you have not one - but TWO weapons at your disposal to destroy other vehicles... and everything is happening IN SPACE - where you can fly way better than wizarding technologies would normally allow!  The game of the month is going to be... Vulgus!

Vulgus was the first video game published by Capcom; it was released in Japan in 1984 (and in the same year, it was released by SNK in North America).  In this game, you control a small spaceship that is under attack.  Dodging both the other ships and their weapons, you have two weapons of your own:  a regular weapon, which sends out two normal bullets at a time, and a bomb, which fires much more slowly but is more powerful:  blasting through normal ships and killing larger ships on contact.  Your regular weapon is unlimited, but you start with only six bombs (you can get another bomb by flying over the letters "Pow" on the screen).  There are no 'levels'; enemies just keep on coming at you until you die!

WARNING:  When you play this game, you will encounter circles with capital letters, such as "E", on them.  They look like power-ups, and they are... for your ENEMIES:  it is recommended that you avoid these circles as they will make your enemies faster or stronger! 

For this month's challenge, you want to go to THIS LINK to play Vulgus.  Screencap your best performance (and post it in this thread) by November 30 at 11:59 PM HOL!  

(PS:  The directions for playing the game are as follows:

-When you go to the link you will see a large "PLAY NOW" button towards the bottom of the screen.  Click it first!

-From there, the SHIFT key will "insert coin" and the ENTER key will start the game for you.

-While playing, the arrow keys move normally; the S key fires your normal weapon and the X key fires the bombs.]


-Participation at all will earn you 5 scales.

-If you score 1000 points or higher, your screencap will earn you 10 scales instead of 5.

-The top three scores of the month will get extra scales (25, 20, and 15 respectively for the month instead of 5 or 10) as well as special awards!

PS:  Feel free to edit your post throughout the month as you improve your score!

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