Source: ININ Games
Panorama Cotton was initially released in 1994 for the Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) in Japan, but never saw the light of day here. Still, many curious gamers imported the game and were amazed by how well it handled 3D. After all, Genesis isn’t exactly known for its 3D savvy, unlike its main competitor, the Super Nintendo. Now, with its debut on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, gamers can rediscover the game for a fraction of the price.
The general concept of Panorama is simple to follow – shoot and avoid incoming fire. As I said, it’s set up similar to the Harrier games, where you fly your witch around a 3D space and shoot at all sorts of enemies. Along the way, you can pick up helpful power-ups to boost your firing capacity, as well as (bonus) “Tea Time” points at the end of each round.
It’s not the smoothest playing Cotton game out there, as it takes some getting used to. Also, aiming in 3D is a lot different than the side-scrolling games that we’ve seen over the years. With that said, Panorama is fun to play once you get into it, and the level themselves are remarkably built, which we’ll touch upon further in the presentation.
Furthermore, the boss battles are really something, requiring you to aim at certain points in order to do the most damage. That’s easier said than done considering they move around or send reinforcements to chip away at your life bar. Stay on your toes for these battles.