Monday 21 March 2022

Gunstar Heroes (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Treasure
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1993

Gunstar Heroes is a run 'n' gun title that was also released on the Sega Game Gear in 1995.

+ The option to choose your starting weapon is terrific and combining two together leads to experimentation.

+ Being able to tackle the first four stages in any order allows less skilled gamers to see more of what's available. 

+ Gameplay and scenic wise, each stage is unique and a massive amount of cool ideas are realised in quick succession.

+ Even manages to throw in a surprisingly competent horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up level.

+ The amount of carnage, explosions and enemies on display is a delight for the senses and there's barely any slowdown.

+ The graphics are a sight to behold, as are the huge bosses, and it feels like the console is being pushed to its limit.

- Stage 4's dice game slows things down and rolling an unlucky number can see you thrown back to the start of the level.

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