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Gunbird is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Psikyo. It hit the Japanese arcade in 1994 and was followed by a Japanese release to the Saturn and the Playstation in the following year.

The game is set in a fantasy setting with steampunk elements. Lush forests and medieval castles meet steam trains and mech robots. Instead of piloting the genre-traditional space ships, Gunbird lets the player chose between five different characters (Ash, Marion, Valnus, Yuan Nang and Tetsu) who traverse the game world on broomstick, jet packs and pedal-powered helicopters on a quest to find the pieces of a magic mirror across seven stages.

Unorthodox vehicles aside, the gameplay follows traditional genre standards. The main goal is to dodge all bullets that fill the screen while collecting power-ups to make the character stronger. Gunbird features one power-up that incrementally increases the firepower of the standard weapon (P-items) as well as additional ammo for the screen-clearing special ability (B-items). Standard weapon and special ability differ from character to character. Where some characters excel in high firepower in a straight line others allow for a wider spread of bullets or additional homing missiles.


Mobile Light Force Arcade Big robot.
Mobile Light Force Arcade Tank to destroy.
Mobile Light Force Arcade Got it.
Mobile Light Force Arcade Keep blasting.

Promo Images

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Mobile Light Force Screenshot
Mobile Light Force Screenshot
Mobile Light Force Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Gunbird" -- Japanese title
  • "ガンバード" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Nov 20, 2009 B 75
GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 71.6 out of 100 72
Switch Player Nintendo Switch Dec 18, 2017 3.5 out of 5 70
Video Games SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 69 out of 100 69
Video Chums Nintendo Switch Dec 22, 2017 6.9 out of 10 69
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Feb, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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Version differences

The European and US PlayStation version of Gunbird (titled Mobile Light Force) contains none of the original cinemas, dialogue or bonus material. In fact, all the characters' individuality has been cut out in this release.

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