They are everywhere. From the Sun all the way to Neptune, the massive
Gyrussian army is bent on ruling the universe!! You have been sent to
destroy the Gyrussians at each planet. But it won't be easy because
there are 39 totally tough stages in this game. You must battle the weak
Gyrussians on Neptune all the way to the Alien leader on the Sun. Gyruss
has a different angle than most shooters. You manuever 360 degrees around the
edge screen and the enemies come at you from the middle of the screen instead
of from the side. You must play this game to truly get a feel for it.
It's like going down a tunnel...almost vaguely like Tempest minus the
vector graphics and goofy staple remover-thing.
There are TONS of enemies that you must fight. The first and third
level of each planet is where you must beat the Gyrussian ships and
avoid meteors, asteroids, etc... The second level of each planet
contains the main space stations. You must blast these small stations by
using your regular gun or your phasers. You normally shoot a normal
plasma energetic gun but you can find powerups such as a double shot and
phasers. Phasers are super powerful and can destroy objects that would
take several plasma blasts with one shot!!
The graphics on Gyruss are
stunning. After beating the Gyrussians on each stage, you warp your way
to the next level. Stars pass by as you cruise along at light speed.
There are also "chance" stages that you go to after defeating the
Gyrussians on each planet. These stages serve as bonus stages where you
can stash up your lives, points, and firepower. The more enemies you
destroy, the more the points. The music on Gyruss is EXCELLENT. Without
the great soundtrack, the feel of this game wouldn't be there. It's a
really cool version of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Excellent
The factor that
may make Gyruss my favorite shooter may be the super play control. If
you get beat, you can not blame the play control for anything. You feel
like you're actually blasting the evil Gyrussians. Without using the 30
man code (the infamous Konami code, put in backwards!), this game is CHALLENGING!! If you can beat this game with
using any codes or enhancers, you deserve alot of credit! It's a toughy.
The designers were also nice enough to include two controls methods, since
it can be difficult to navigate in a circle. One method is that left moves
clockwise, right moves counterclockwise. The other, left is left and right is
The action of this game is nonstop. Also, the bosses are COOL!!
Jupiter has a wild monster with deadly arms and Mercury has a brain the
size of Chicago! This is a terrific NES game and you must play it to
understand why it's so good.