Reviews for Gunstar Heroes

86

Treasure proves again they never fail

DeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »

Let's get down to the point: Gunstar Heroes has absolutely amazing gameplay. With many different types of guns you can use, you'll always be trying something different with the enemies. If you have a friend with you, it only gets better. The story's nice but not that great, but the music is pretty good, and the graphics look great for what they are. There's a lot that can be said about this game, but the most basic fact of the matter is that it's worth every penny, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't play it at least once in your life.

95

The Answer Is Always More Dakka

CrimsonWizard | Jan. 19, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »

Gunstar Heroes is a run n' gun game made by Treasure, where you dart about screen, shooting any enemy that gets in your way, such as in the vein of Metal Slug and Contra. Why? Well, the story is very simple, an evil empire is going to revive an ancient evil robot that will obliterate Earth, and you (and a potential second player) are the only one who can blast both threats into dust.

Unlike it's competition however, Gunstar Heroes allows you to survive multiple hits. This doesn't make the game easy, in fact it keeps up a good difficulty curve to the end. However, it does make it fairer, allowing you to survive that one stray shot that would have killed you in similar games. The real mechanic that sets it apart though are the weapon orbs. You have two weapon slots to put in four different guns that can be combined that boil down to flamethrower, rapid fire, a lightning straight shot, and homing shots. While you can combine two of the same gun for a greater effect, part of the fun of the game is trying out the various gun combinations until you find the one you really like to deal with the stage and bosses.

Speaking of the bosses, the game's fantastic graphics give a lot of life and personality to the bad guys you're fighting, and the levels your shooting through. While they aren't quite as sophisticated as the 2D animation found in Metal Slug, Treasure managed to do more with lesser technology, matching the quality of their other titles such as Dynamite Headdy.

Gunstar Heroes is one of those classic games that really holds up well as a solid run n' gun game that few have surpassed. The price is fantastic for what you're getting, even better if you have a friend to play it with. If you're looking for some intense action, Gunstar Heroes will deliver.

90

16-Bit Coop Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

AkaRai | Jan. 6, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »

Put simply, Gunstar Heroes is a classic, with great designs, great humor, and extremely enjoyable fast-paced, frantic action. The plot varies depending on which version of the game you play, but to boil it down, in either version of the story you play as Red and Blue, two of the Gunstars, are aided by female gunstar Yellow, and are betrayed by Green. Nearly everyone in this game has a color-themed name. As Red and Blue, your mission is to collect four gems to try to prevent the return of Golden Silver.

The plot is of minor importance, the draw here is the gameplay. In particular the boss battles are considered the game's highlight, but it's fun all the way through. Controls are fluid, and combat is frantic. It's a run and gun game, with four weapons to choose from which can be combined allowing for a total of 16 possible unique weapons. You can also attack enemies with close-range attacks and even grab and throw enemies.

Looking for a 16-bit era classic? This is it.

92

Wrestling with guns

emperor20 | March 23, 2012 | See all emperor20's reviews »

So you have characters named after colors and an over-the-top moveset that includes launching yourself at people in the hope they die before your invincibility frames run out. Something must be off when your guys are supposed to save the world and they start by blowing up a village of tiny people and tossing each other at bosses.

It only gets crazier when you go against bouncing faces, polygonal giants running in the background, and a transformer turning into a giant zapper. There are so many quirky bosses in these stages that makes use of polygons you see in Vectorman and Sonic the Hedgehog.

90

The good old days!

meiji | Nov. 20, 2011 | See all meiji's reviews »

Who doesn't love blasting everything into smithereens while listening to an epic story? Gunstar Heroes will FOREVER and ALWAYS be one of my all time favorite games. Great BGMs and diversity of weapons. One of the games that define side scroller shooters. It's also great for those kinds of people who like putting in effort. You will find yourself putting in more effort into this game than trying to sleep after drinking coffee trying to unlock the full story.

Short Version? - Under priced.

86

Great Classic Coop Game

drakaenae | July 18, 2011 | See all drakaenae's reviews »

Gunstar Heroes is a great platformer. You can choose to play single player or coop with a friend. You play as one of the gunstar twins and your objective is to destroy all your enemies. You start the game with one of four weapons (Lightning, Chaser, Force and Flame), but you can combine two weapons to form new weapons later in the game.

Although this is a retro game, you definitely should play it. This game takes skill and strategy. There are several bosses in the game and each require a different strategy to defeat effectively. There is a lot of variety between levels in this game. I would definitely recommend this game to people who like action games of platformers.

90

the definitive Run & Gun game

ArtyArt | April 10, 2011 | See all ArtyArt's reviews »

Forget Contra, forget Metal Slug - this is it. Treasure's attempt at the run & gun genre still holds up pretty well today. It's fast, it's colourful and it can be quite challenging (as long as you're not playing it on easy mode, that is), but most of all it's fun. The boss battles are spectacular and apart from that annoying dice level the level design is brilliant. Gunstar Heroes might very well be one of the finest action games of the 90s, and the PC port is flawless. So go and buy it already.

95

One of the highlights of the Megadrive era.

GAMERamble | April 8, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

If you are looking for a good platform shooter don't pass up Gunstar Heroes. Especially if you prefer the emphasis firmly on the shooter part. This little gem from Treasure is filled with enough explosions to level a small city and more enemies than you can shake a very large stick at. The storyline is a bit of a letdown though with the usual evil bad guy trying to take over the world plot. You take control of one of the gunstar heroes in a effort to foil the evil plans of the empire. You can go in alone or enlist the help of a friend in the excellent two player mode.

The graphics in Gunstar Heroes are way cool and how Treasure managed to squeeze this much into a 16 Meg cartridge is amazing. There is never a dull moment with enemies swarming you from all sides and bullets zigzagging the screen along every step you take. Naturally anything blows up after enough hits so your in for a pyrotechnics filled ride. You get to pick what type of firepower you'd like to start each level with and there are some cool choices on offer. Each one also has their own strengths and weaknesses like the Firepower that cause devastating damage but has a short range or the laser force that fires rapidly but has a smaller blast radius. Of course you're not limited to what you start with and new firepower can be acquired along the way. You can carry up two types of firepower at a time and these can be used either individually or combined for a totally new type of firepower. This means you can end up with homing blasts of fire or lasers that bounce around the screen. Finding the coolest combinations is half the fun. Combining two of the same types of firepower also gives excellent results as the firepower stays the same but is greatly improved. Besides your gun your character also has some other nifty forms of attack at his disposal. If a enemy gets too close you can perform a handy throw on him where you pick him up and fling him into some of his buddies. While jumping you can also press jump again for a leaping attack that can take out some midair baddies. Lastly while on the ground and pressing down and jump together you perform a slide that can get you out of some tight corners or cut through a path of incoming bad guys. Overall your character is very responsive and the wide range of moves and firepower makes for a very enjoyable experience.

The gameplay isn't just limited to platform action either. On almost every level there is something new and unique going on and the whole game is filled with original ideas. Besides the platforming action there are levels where you have to travel through some tunnels in a mine-cart that can also ride upside down along the ceiling, a level where you have to travel along the squares of a boardgame by picking up and throwing a dice, the square you land on deciding what type of boss you'll be fighting until you reach the end and even a level where you get to fly around in a space ship in a side scrolling space shooter type level. Then there is the motherships. These guys must rank as some of the best seen in any type of game on the Megadrive. Before each encounter you're given the bosses name and some vital data like what type of attacks he uses. Some of these guys are huge and feature some very impressive effects for a Megadrive cart. Detailed characters with some excellent scaling all on detail backgrounds are just some of the features you can expect. Depending on your weapon type these guys can also soak up huge amounts of damage so be prepared for some epic battles. Fortunately you are shown just how much health your opponent has left so you can see exactly how long you still have to battle.

Gunstar Heroes also feature some great tunes for each of it's levels and the sound effects are just as good. The huge explosions and gunshots mixed with the screams of enemies make the game just as hectic sonically as it is visually. You are given the choice of four different skill levels so player of any skill can take part in the action. You also have the choice of continuing which is handy seeing as you only get one life per game. If there are some criticisms it's that the game is a bit on the short side. Cranking up the skill level will prolong the challenge but at the end of the day the game can still be completed in just over a hour. The reason this stands out though is because it's such a great game and you are left wanting more. Overlook this small niggle though and enjoy one of the greatest games of it's type on the system.