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Gyruss is a surprisingly good game for the 5200 & offers the uniqueness of enemies who enter from both a center vortex and stealthier ones who attack from the sides. All the while your circular orbit has you dodging satellites & meteors. This is a great game for the Atari 5200 offering good control, great sound and enough manic game play to keep you coming back for more after you're decimated.
It's a shame this Atari 5200 version is so pathetic. The graphics look awfully chunky, with ships that look more like shapeless blobs. I could cut the graphics some slack had the gameplay been on target, but Gyruss suffers from abominable controls. I thought my controller was malfunctioning, but in fact it's the game that's really broken! You need to wrestle the joystick to guide your ship, and when centered at the bottom of the screen it's impossible to move right! If you want to get to the other side, you'll need to go all the way around the top! Unreal! The uptempo musical score is terrific, but music by Bach is far too good for this half-assed piece of garbage.