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Gyruss

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 2600
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2.9
Arcade
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NES
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3.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Gyruss NES An end of level boss
Gyruss NES A level is complete
Gyruss NES Game introduction
Gyruss Atari 8-bit Game start

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
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Dec 19, 2003 B 75
VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Nov 21, 2003 C 50
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
Netjak Xbox 360 May 13, 2007 3.8 out of 10 38
The Video Game Critic NES Sep 08, 2007 D 25
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Jul 19, 2007 F 0

Forums

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developed by: Konami? 5 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (58030)
Jan 22, 2014

Trivia

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.

Music

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.

Speccy port

The game was also announced by Parker Brothers for the ZX Spectrum, and not as a common tape game, but for the seldom-used cartridge port found ZX Interface 2. Parker later withdrew its announcement, both for Gyruss and Star Wars, though the latter was picked up by Domark.

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