Level 5 - Boss Panic
The final level takes a slightly different form to the previous
four. It consists of five boss battles. Before each boss, there's a
barrage of easy-to-kill creatures which yield lots of power-ups so
that you have a fighting chance. It's all set to a wonderfully dark,
Boss 1 - The Long-horned Cowfish
This boss, if I've identified it correctly, is actually a real species of fish, Lactoria cornuta. See for yourself in these photographs at http://www.divegallery.com/cowfish.htm.
There's a twist to this boss. Cowfishes are a kind of puffer fish, and the
more you shoot it, the bigger it gets. Notice that it's slightly
larger than before. The bigger it gets, the more powerful its weapon becomes.
... but it can't grow forever. After a critical point, it can't absorb
any more energy, and... er... explodes into three smaller fishes.
Then, it's just a matter of bombing them until they disintegrate.
Boss 2 - The Bat
A big bat. Don't know the species.
It fires circular bursts of eight glowing balls.
And, basically, it just flies around on a set flightpath. Not terribly
interesting to screenshot, so here's a picture of me firing the
stinger missile at it.
Boss 3 - The 'Oyster Gun'
A big, impenetrable oyster approaches.
It opens up to reveal a large gun.
It fires laser bolts at you...
...and can also fire expanding bursts of glowing balls. Basically, shoot it
when it's open, don't get shot yourself.
Boss 4 - The 'Heart'
This is perhaps the most disturbing enemy in the entire game, on a par
with the dead rat from the sewer level. It always reminds me of a
bagpipe. Anyway, it's a mix between a live, beating heart, two
grotesquely deformed human heads, and some kind of waving claw
thing. It's hideous.
And what it has to do with spiders I don't know, but these little
things emerge from the top and fall down like rain. The claw thing
fires an upward spread of glowing balls at intervals.
And at intervals it spits out a couple of spider webs, which also fall
Final Boss - The Hornet
The last of them all. The music stops, replaced by the sonorous
wingbeats of the hornet, from wings so powerful that your bee is
constantly pushed backwards. The hornet has no weapon except for the
swarm of insects that constantly emerge from its abdomen. All you have to do is
avoid these whilst blasting the hornet in the eye, but you also have
to fight against the force of the hornet's wingbeats.