Another Sunday means another episode of 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die, the (hopefully) weekly series where I play through all of the games listed in the book - 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. If I played the game before, then I will share my memory of the experience. If I haven't played the game before, then I find an online version or an emulator and I play the game (for at least 30 minutes). This is a book every gamer should have in their library, and if you're interested in purchasing it, you can find it here.

Last week showcased Dragon's Lair, a game I wasn't very good at but always regarded as brilliant. It's cartoon like graphics and innovative game play were unlike any other game from that time (at least until Space Ace game along). It was a brutal game to play, but a fun game to watch - assuming the player was any good at mastering the timing necessary to play the game. I didn't need to play it again to mark it off the list - I was sure I had played it. Let's see what this week holds for us. I have to turn the page to see it.

This week's featured game is...


Gyruss is a shoot 'em up video arcade game developed by Konami, and released in 1983. It was designed by Yoshiki Okamoto, who had earlier created Time Pilot for Konami. Gyruss was licensed to Centuri in the United States, and was ported to numerous games consoles and home computers. It follows in the tradition of space war games such as Space Invaders and Galaga.

Gyruss was the second and last game Yoshiki Okamoto designed for Konami, after Time Pilot. Due to pay disputes, he was fired after the release of this game, and soon joined Capcom, where he would write 1942 and the first Street Fighter game.

The gameplay is very similar to that of Galaga but with an added twist: the game is presented in a forced 3D perspective, with the player's ship facing 'into' the screen and able to move around the perimeter of an implicit circle - essentially, Gyruss was Galaga mapped onto a Tempest-like cylinder. This gameplay style is called a tube shooter, and Gyruss is one of the very few examples that exist. The familiar scrolling starfield of earlier space shooter games was arranged to fit the 3D perspective, with the stars coming into view at the center of the screen and flying outward, giving the impression of the player's ship moving very fast through space. (Source: Wikipedia)

I can honestly I'm not sure if I've played this game or not. Everything seems to suggest it is kind of like Galaga and Tempest, which I have played both of, but I'm not completely sure I've played this game before. So you know what that means - find a playable version and play it.

Finding a version to play online wasn't that big of a deal. I did have to tweak some Java settings to finally get it to play. But after 15 minutes or so, I was up and running...and dare I say...having fun. You can check it out here if you're interested.

Having played the game now, I don't think I have played it in the past. It didn't seem all that familiar to me. Clearly it is a lot like Tempest, with the biggest difference being in Gyruss you take on the form of a spaceship, and in Tempest...I don't know what in the heck you are supposed to be.

The game is simple a button for shoot, and the control keys to move around the circle left or right. Avoid being shot or hit by the bad guys while shooting them. It's a simple concept most of us are familiar with.


A clone of the game also exists as one of the minigames found in various convenience stores featured in the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and another clone as a minigame in Contra: Legacy of War.

What was the name of the clone game in GTA: San Andreas?

The player can enter the Konami code at the title screen for extra lives, but with a twist: the code must be entered in reverse (A-B-A-B-right-left-right-left-down-down-up-up) instead of in the original sequence.

This was a fun game. I can agree with it being included in the book. It's an old arcade game and despite its years, I still played it and had fun with it. You might enjoy it too. Just keeping in mind it is an old arcade game. Regardless, I've played it and have marked it off of my list.

I'm not sure what game is up next week, so be sure to check back and see if it is something you've played or not. Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.


Previous Episodes:

Episode 1: 01 - 05 (here)

Episode 2: 06 - 10 (here)

Episode 3: 11 - 15 (here)

Episode 4: 16 - 20 (here)

Episode 5: 21 - 25 (here)

Episode 6: 26 - 30 (here)

Episode 7: 31 - 35 (here)

Episode 8: 36 - 40 (here)

Episode 41 (here)

Episode 42 (here)

Episode 43 (here)

Episode 44 (here)

Episode 45 (here)

Episode 46 (here)

Episode 47 (here)

Episode 48 (here)

Episode 49 (here)

Episode 50 (here)

Episode 51 (here)

Episode 52 (here)