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
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.