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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 Arcade Arrival at Neptune
Gyruss NES Game introduction
Gyruss NES Destroy the enemies at the center of the screen
Gyruss Arcade Another planet liberated

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User Reviews

The fun and playability of the arcade game, but with a few twists. NES DarkBubble (376)
The kind of straightforward but thrilling action game we miss now Commodore 64 Martin Smith (78)
Terrific arcade conversion of the classic! Atari 5200 Rich Richards (167)

Critic Reviews

Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Arcade Oct 26, 2007 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Dec 19, 2003 B 75 NES Aug 10, 2020 7 out of 10 70
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Apr 05, 2017 B- 67
GameSpot Xbox 360 Apr 24, 2007 6.3 out of 10 63
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Netjak Xbox 360 May 13, 2007 3.8 out of 10 38
Retro Gamer Xbox 360 Jul 19, 2007 Unscored Unscored


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How to Squeeze an Arcade Into Your 64

Gyruss on the Commodore 64 appeared in an article by Julian Rignall in Zzap! (Issue 3 Jul 85 p80) about how accurate to the arcade original it came from. It scored 92%.

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.

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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