Reviewed by Jeremy Askew



Issue 17

Sep/Oct 85

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In Gyruss you are controlling a spaceship which is flying from Neptune to Earth. The ship can move in a circular pattern around the screen. Flying from Neptune to Earth is not as easy as it sounds. The intervening space is crowded with several types of enemy spacecraft and you must destroy as many as possible in order to reach Earth safely.

The first type of enemy are planes which are high-speed attack vehicles flying in several different formations. They may appear from far out, in front of you, or they can launch a surprise attack and come speeding past you from behind. These ships can shoot missiles at you, but they don't stop there. If they get half a chance they'll fly themselves straight into you. There are also molecular satellites so named because they look like giant molecules. These appear in threes, fly in formation and shoot missiles at you. If you destroy the middle satellite you can fire double bullets. The third type of enemy spacecraft is the
electromagnetic wave satellite. These come in pairs, shooting a deadly wave of energy between them. There are also meteors coming from out of the distance, which you must avoid.

Each time you destroy a wave of enemy spacecraft your vessel 'warps' through space, getting closer and closer to Earth. On your way you pass the outer planets: Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Each time you reach a planet you play a 'chance stage'. In these stages you get a chance to destroy enemy ships for bonus points. The spacecraft don't fire and cannot destroy you. You can get over 10,000 points during the chance stage, so shooting skill is a definite help here. Bonus ships are awarded at 60,000 points and every 100,000 points after that.

GYRUSS is in the shoot-'em-up class, but is definitely something special. Something that makes the game extra special is the great music played throughout. I'm sure this will be a very popular game.