Gunstar Heroes Review
- Insanely action-packed platforming at its best.
- Lots of weapon combinations to explore.
- Customizable firing controls.
- Tilt controls almost entirely pointless.
- Poor button positioning.
Gunstar Heroes is a true platforming classic and having a version you can play on the go is great, but the controls leave a lot to be desired.
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Sometimes it's hard to keep the torch of my youth alive and fondly remembering oodles of time being wasted on a game like Gunstar Heroes fills me with joy. Unfortunately nostalgia can be a brittle thing and when poor controls make an already challenging game even harder, the warm buzz of the past is quickly usurped by frustration.
SEGA's emulated titles for the iDevices have been difficult to enjoy as there's nothing quite like having physical controls to maneuver with the exacting detail required in many of the Genesis' platforming titles. While the virtual buttons do a respectable job of allowing you to play Gunstar Heroes, the accuracy required to survive without burning through continues is just not present and players will need to compensate by abusing the game's weapon-merging system (pro-tip: homing/lightning combo with Gunstar Blue is seriously OP).
Thankfully, just about everything else about Gunstar Heroes is just as you'd expect, keeping all of the amazing platforming action that helped this title to gain a Rock Star level of fandom. What helps this title to stand the test of time is it's truly intense action gameplay that is paired with fluid movement that allows you to grab, climb and maneuver with ease while firing in 8 directions at the same time. Add in a weapon-pairing system (players can choose to merge any two combinations of 4 basic weapons) and you've got yourself a true winner.
It's hard to dislike Gunstar Heroes, but at best the controls are ill-advised and at worst in the case of the tilt controls, seriously harmful and bordering on pointless. If you're a die-hard fan you'll be able to overcome these limitations with time and practice, but Gunstar Heroes still a hard game to enjoy at this time.
DescriptionOne of the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive's highest-rated games, Gunstar Heroes is now available on mobile! Play free and rediscover Treasure’s classic gem!
A forgotten lunar super weapon, a totalitarian empire bent on world domination, and an insane General who’ll stop at nothing to bring the planet to its knees – only the Gunstar Heroes can stop him. Play as twin brothers Red and Blue, and embark upon one of the most treasured SEGA gems of all time. Arm yourselves with flame-throwers, homing missiles, and lasers to take the fight to the enemy’s HQ – the dreaded orbital fortress, the Ark!
Gunstar Heroes joins the ever-increasing line-up of ‘SEGA Forever’, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought back to life on mobile!
- Mix and match four different weapon types for a total of 14 firearm combinations
- Local, cross-platform multiplayer over local Wi-Fi
- Grab and throw your partner at enemies for vital hits that don’t take up ammo!
- Seven levels to explore, from an ancient ruin to a vast orbital fortress
MOBILE GAME FEATURES
- PLAY FREE with ad-support or ad-free via In-App Purchase
- SAVE YOUR GAMES – save your progress at any point in the game
- LEADERBOARDS – compete with the world for high scores
- HAPTIC SUPPORT: get into the game with responsive button presses
- CONTROLLER SUPPORT: MFi compatible controllers
"Treasure is a treasure indeed and deserves a big round of applause for this phenomenal effort." [99%] - Skid, Diehard GameFan Vol. 1 Issue #10 (September 1993)
"Gunstar Heroes is a title no self-respecting Mega Drive owner can afford to be without." [94%] - SEGA Magazine #1 (January 1994)
"Prepare yourself for a real white-knuckle ride with Gunstar Heroes because it's that amazing!" [93%] - Paul Davies, Mean Machines SEGA #12 (October 1993)
"It's fast, it's fierce, and it's totally brilliant." [92%] - Steve Keen, Computer & Video Games #142 (September 1993)
GUNSTAR HEROES TRIVIA
- The game went under the working titles of Blade Gunner and Lunatic Gunstar
- This was Treasure's first game of six to hit the Mega Drive / Genesis over a two-year period
- M2, creators of the Game Gear port of Gunstar Heroes, went on to remaster the Mega Drive / Genesis original on 3DS over 20 years after the original release
GUNSTAR HEROES HISTORY
- The game was originally released worldwide in 1993
- Developed by: Treasure
- Main Programmer: Mitsuru Yaida
- Lead Composer: Norio Hanzawa
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Game apps are ad-supported and no in-app purchases are required to progress; ad-free play option available with in-app purchase.
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