Parodius ～Tako wa Chikyū o Sukū～ (Meaning:"Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth") But it's known as Parodius, is a scrolling shooter video game developed by Konami for the MSX computer and was released in Japan in 1988. The game is notable for being the first title in the Parodius series, although it is often confused with Parodius Da! －Shinwa kara Owarai e－ in that respect. The name itself is a portmanteau of "Gradius" and "Parody" and, eponymously, the game is a parody of the Gradius Series of space-based horizontally-scrolling shooters. Many of the characters and enemies are derived from that famous shooter series, while other elements are extracted from other Konami titles, such as Antarctic Adventure and Twinbee. This game is of particular note in the series as being heavily infused with Japanese culture and folklore.
The gameplay is very similar to the Gradius games, with other aspects from games such as Twinbee. However, the characters are replaced with silly characters taken from either these or other Konami games as well as Japanese culture. The music is mostly taken from classical music pieces.
As with Gradius, the game utilizes a similar selection-bar based power-up system. It also has the Twinbee type bells that will change as hit.
Parodius was later included in Konami Antiques MSX Collection Vol.3 for PlayStation, Konami Antiques MSX Collection Ultra Pack for Sega Saturn, In December 2006, released for Mobile Phones with enhanced graphics and January 2007, Parodius Portable in PSP along with the Mobile Version. a MSX Version Game was re-released for Wii Virtual Console on 2010, Later, for the Wii U Virtual Console on 2013 and finally a Project EGG part on Windows Store on 2014.