X06: Gyruss Hands-On

We blast from Neptune to Earth in the Xbox Live Arcade version of the 1983 Konami classic, Gyruss.

BARCELONA, Spain--One corner of the large demo area at Microsoft's X06 event in Barcelona was dedicated entirely to Xbox Live Arcade games. Among arcade classics like Contra and Defender was another arcade game involving spaceships, aliens, and lots and lots of shooting. Gyruss is a shooter from Konami where you fly an alien spaceship that moves left and right along an invisible circular track as you battle your way across the galaxy from Neptune all the way to Earth.

Enemy space ships enter from the top or the bottom screen in various formations, and you simply have to shoot them all while avoiding their attacks. If you take even a single hit, you die, and as the game goes on, the ships move faster and become more aggressive, making it difficult to stay alive. You start out with a single-shot, rapid-fire blaster, but you can collect power-ups by destroying satellites that give you a double blaster, which makes short work of large groups of ships.

The game looks like a typical 1980s-era arcade title. There's not much detail beyond the small, nondescript ships that flitter about the screen like insects and the obligatory star-field background so you don't forget that you're supposed to be in space. The volume was turned off and the demo area was too loud to hear the music anyway, which is a shame because for its time, the soundtrack was one of the standout features of Gyruss.

As with all Xbox 360 titles, you can expect to unlock achievements and earn gamer points in Gyruss. The achievements require you to accomplish tasks like earning 12,000 points in the first stage, make it to Neptune without dying, make it to level seven without using any bonus items, and make it all the way to Earth.

So far, Microsoft hasn't announced a release date for Gyruss on Xbox Live Arcade. Judging by the number of playable Xbox Live Arcade games at the event, there's a lengthy queue of games to be released, so there's no telling when you'll be able to download Gyruss or how many points it will cost. We'll bring you more details and a full review when the game becomes available.

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11 comments
nightshadeA
nightshadeA

sorry guys just like contra this is another arcade game that was actually better on the nes (it had boss battles the arcade didnt)

TheRealGL
TheRealGL

yeah... i'm pretty sure somebody messed up on the screens...those are no Gyruss... fly around space... yeah, dressed like a roman in 400 d.c. haha

_Sam_
_Sam_

I think they should have had headphones.... if that would have helped...

AA7
AA7

Classics rule, XBLA is so friggin great.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

wow theres been alot of classics comming up

adijan
adijan

sounds ..................interesting!

gamemasterchief
gamemasterchief

yeah, retro shooter. Still quite good I think, compared to some of the other XBLA titles. I hope they give it a fresh coat of paint, a la Time Pilot. I'm sure you can find a MAME, Atari 2600, or NES emu version out there to preview it.