I'm looking for a space-based vertical scroller PC game that uses 2.5d sprites and was released in the mid-to-late 90s (though I'm still unsure about this)

The features of this game include:

  • You are in a human-controlled spaceship fighting alien ships that are arranged in a Space-Invaders like formation and shoot down at you. There are different types of enemies based on the boss that you will face. The enemies come from the top down into the top half of the screen but can sometimes go further down.
  • After defeating all of the enemy ships, you fight a giant boss spaceship. The levels that you pick show the boss that you will face, the types of enemies, and the weapons that you can use
  • When the main character dies, there is an explosion, screaming noise, and you can see the pilot ejecting to the left of the ship.
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    Most of these details feel very generic. Can you think of anything else? Color schemes? Interesting weapons? To what degree the enemy shots covered the screen? Was this on Steam? Downloaded from a site? Shareware disks?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 12:26
  • See if it might be Galaga or a version of it: youtube.com/watch?v=dvjapcHsqXY
    – jo1storm
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 12:53
  • Can you remember anything about the plot? Who were the aliens, who were the pilots?
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 14:46
  • @FuzzyBoots: unsure about colour schemes. The enemy's shots can potentially fill the screen depending on which kind of enemy you are facing. This game was made before Steam came around and I remember it being on a CD
    – user123241
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 16:40
  • @jo1storm it is very similar to Galaga in the gameplay aspect but has better graphics and sound effects
    – user123241
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 16:40

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This sounds like LaserAge. Possibly Cosmic Ambush.

Others that don't fit as well for various reasons, but are still possibilities: Overkill, Raptor, Tyrian, DemonStar, Major Stryker, Aliens, Galactix, Star Defender, FreeStrike, Swarm, Avenger.

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