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The entire solar system is being attacked by the vicious Gyrusians, and it's up to you to save the day! You will need to fly your spaceship to each of the nine planets and then clear three stages of enemies to rid that planet of the Gyrusians. You start the game with a single cannon, but can gain a double cannon after shooting a power up satellite. After clearing each planet, there is another bonus stage where additional weapons and bonus points can be collected. Gyruss is an arcade action shooter, however instead of piloting your spaceship horizontally or vertically, you move in a circle around the perimeter of the screen. The NES version of Gyruss adds to the original arcade version additional music, additional weapons, new enemies, and a large boss at the end of each level.


Gyruss Atari 2600 Title screen
Gyruss Atari 8-bit Got a bonus, but died immediately afterwards
Gyruss Arcade Enemy formation whizzing by
Gyruss Atari 2600 Arrived at Neptune!

User Reviews

The fun and playability of the arcade game, but with a few twists. NES DarkBubble (370)
The kind of straightforward but thrilling action game we miss now Commodore 64 Martin Smith (76)

The Press Says

Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 9 out of 10 90
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Dec 19, 2003 B 75
GameSpot Xbox 360 Apr 24, 2007 6.3 out of 10 63
IGN Xbox 360 Apr 20, 2007 4.8 out of 10 48
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Xbox 360 May 30, 2007 4 out of 10 40 Xbox 360 Apr 24, 2007 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic NES Sep 08, 2007 D 25
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Jul 19, 2007 F 0


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Gyruss appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The theme music for this game is from the 18th century. While not a complete arrangement of the piece, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor was written by J.S. Bach. The electronic drums are introduced for a more contemporary touch.

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