Layla (レイラ) is a side-scrolling action video game produced by dB-SOFT that was released in 1986 exclusively for the Family Computer (the Japanese version of the Nintendo Entertainment System).
In a story inspired by Dirty Pair, Layla, a 17-year-old member of special forces group CAT, needs to rescue her team partner Iris who was kidnapped by the evil Dr. Manitoka. Eight asteroids have to be explored in search of Iris, each divided into two sections: the first part involving the surface of the asteroid while the second part deals with the actual enemy base.
The game's screen always scrolls from left to right and no backtracking is permitted on any level. While navigating through the cavern-like interiors of the asteroids, password disks must be retrieved. At the end of each base awaits a boss that must be defeated. When the player character's life reaches zero, she dies and immediately loses a life. A password is shown after the player game over so that players can resume their progress at a later date.
Several guns in addition to some hand grenades can be used; a handgun is the player's initial weapon, but more powerful weapons can be found by exploring. Every weapon has a limited amount of ammunition. Certain blocks can be broken by using the player's chosen weapon; the destroyable and non-destroyable blocks are sometimes indistinguishable. Bonus levels distributed throughout the game allow players to destroy squadrons of enemy ships while being completely impervious to their attacks.
While Layla was never released outside of Japan, an English translation of the game was made and is available online.
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|Title Screen / Staff Roll
|To Asteroid / Bonus
|Stage Theme 1
|Stage Theme 2
Most db-SOFT games lacked credits on the Famicom, and this game is one of the few db-SOFT games on the Famicom to have a credits scroll.