If you made an arcade space shooter in the 1980s, you needed to stand out with the numerous clones. In 1988, developer Konami teamed up with publisher Ultra Games and released Gyruss for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America. Gyruss was ported from arcades after a successful run. The game featured a unique perspectiveContinue reading “Gyruss”

Space Harrier

A bad trip I don’t want to relive… Space Harrier was a big hit in the arcades so, in 1986, Sega ported the game to the Sega Master System. The game showcased what the Master System could do while providing a solid port to the game so many loved. For this review, it was myContinue reading “Space Harrier”

Space Megaforce

Shoot ’em ups were all over the video game scene from the 80s to the early 90s, and Space Megaforce joined the genre in 1992 on the Super Nintendo. Developed by Compile and published by Toho, Space Megaforce offered two different modes, one “short game” that focused on short levels intending to earn a highContinue reading “Space Megaforce”

Aerostar Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! In 1991, Vic Tokai developed and published “Aerostar” for the Game Boy. The vertical shoot ’em up changed the formula of shooters by incorporating a power meter for your ship based on how long it can stay in the air. The player would need to take that into consideration whenContinue reading “Aerostar Review”

Arrow Flash Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! In 1990, developer ITL Co. and publisher Sega released “Arrow Flash” for the Sega Genesis. The side-scrolling shoot ’em up featured two different forms, one as a spaceship and the other as a mech suit. Zana Keene stars as the female pilot as she tries to save Earth from theContinue reading “Arrow Flash Review”

Cloud Master Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! In 1989, Sega and Opera House teamed up and released “Cloud Master” for the Sega Master System. After its success in the arcade, Sega decided to bring the horizontal shooter to their home console. Cloud Master is one of the most random and bizarre shooters with its giant bosses andContinue reading “Cloud Master Review”

Solar Striker Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! With the Game Boy being less than a year old, Nintendo published and released “Solar Striker” for the handheld in 1990. The vertical shooter would find critical success among the gaming community and become one of the early favorites in the growing library for the Game Boy. We’re hopping fromContinue reading “Solar Striker Review”

Zillion II Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! In 1988, Sega released the follow-up to Zillion on the Sega Master System in North America. Dubbed “Zillion II: The Tri-Formation” the game completely changed the formula of what made the first Zillion great. Instead of exploring an underground base on foot, our hero J.J. must survive eight side-scrolling levels.Continue reading “Zillion II Review”

Gradius Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! Space Shooters were all the rage in the 80s, and Konami wanted to get in on the action. After success in the arcades, Gradius was released in 1986 in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Gradius would go on to spawn numerous sequels as the weird space shooter wouldContinue reading “Gradius Review”