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Gunstar Super Heroes is all of those rules taken to an insane level. This is an old-school shooter done right, an amazing testament to gameplay over ... well ... everything.
There's a plot, but it doesn't matter. What matters is how fun this game is. You pick two marginally similar characters, and from there you explore several levels worth of enemies of all shapes and sized. And I do mean ALL.
There's no conserving ammo. You have three useful weapons that you have an inexhaustable supply of, so the best bet is to simply hold fire and have fun. If you want to get fancy, you can fight with kicks and a knife in close combat, giving you a surprisingly agile array of ninja-like moves as you jump around raining death from above.
Control is tight, fast, and responsive. You press a button and you know that it will work. It's quick and easy, though the game is not. Even on easy mode you might find yourself dying once or twice, and normal and hard ratchet it up to eventually insane levels. Thankfully, the levels are short and death is always the fault of the player's skill and not the game's design. I like games that remind you that you suck, and must improve, and this game does it in spades.
And yes, this game is a side-scrolling beat-em-up, but it's also got a lot of variety. How about a verticle shooting level? A horizontally shooting level? A creature-riding race-type level? A board game (complete with dice) level?Read more ›
You play as either Red or Blue, two different warriors with basically the same techniques and weaponry. With the help of pretty assistant Yellow, you must stop the nefarious General Gray from unleashing an unspeakable evil. While this game obviously doesn't have a flair for names, the story is more interesting with each level of difficulty. While it seems like your average sidescrolling shoot 'em up, reminiscent of titles like "Metal Slug" and "R-Type," the challenges players face in GSH range from the fairly easy to the freakishly hard. So you have the option of either lowering the difficulty or skipping levels. But with only 6 levels of play (2 which are inaccessible through skipping), there isn't much to skip in this game. Bottom line: if you're a gamer who's easily frustrated, forget it!
Aside from the 3 inexhaustible weapons at your disposal, you can raise their firepower with the R button and perform fighting moves with the D-Pad and jump button, adding some alternatives to simply holding the shoot button. But besides that, not much else is added, not even the two-player co-op mode that came real handy in the original game. But what is probably GSH's biggest setback is that not many players bought the game despite the rave reviews, condemning it to the same fate as its predecessor. So if by any chance you still own a GBA and you come across this game, grab it! You will thank yourself later.
This game is rated E10+ for ages 10 and up: Violence.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gunstar Super Heroes, is one of the best 2D action games developed by Treasure, one of the best, most beloved, and renowned game developers in the world. Tight controls, check. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Lebo Smithsonian
Gunstar Super Heroes is an updated remake of the classic Sega Genesis title, Gunstar Heroes. While this version has some great new elements that the old game didn't have, it lacks... Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Kindle Customer
Gunstar Super Heroes is a great swan song for the GBA. Legendary Japanese developers Treasure have put together a project that's part sequel, part remake of their classic Genesis... Read morePublished on June 3, 2009 by Mark Conrad
One of the craziest, most original games I've played. Awesome fast-paced game-play. Never know what's gonna happen next. Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by Bumbleflex
This game rocks. Its not as good as its Sega console big brother but its still on of the best 2D portable games. Read morePublished on October 22, 2008 by 1000falcon
This is a sort of single player remix of the seminal Gunstar Heroes for the Sega Genesis (recently re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console). Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Adam Saltsman
It would receive a 5 out of 5 if the hand held play felt as good as playing it on the adapter. The 360 degree shooting is less fun with a directional pad.Published on March 10, 2006 by Anadea