Review by beccal58

Reviewed: 02/13/13

Simple But Effective.


Space Gun is a side scrolling shooting game originally released in arcades in 1990. It was later ported to various consoles in 1992. One of those consoles being the rather underrated SEGA Master System.

Story: 4/10

“The game is set in a fictional future, in the year 2039, where humans have begun deep space exploration. A distress call is transmitted from a crippled ship near an alien planet. The game's protagonist, a special soldier, responds to the call. Upon boarding the ship, the soldier discovers it has been overrun by hostile aliens. The aliens have captured the human crew for an unknown purpose. The story has sections that take place aboard the space craft and on the planet's surface. The protagonist's overall goal is to rescue as many human hostages as possible, eliminate the alien threat, and escape the space craft.” [Taken from the ZX Spectrum manual].

Gameplay/Controls: 7/10

The gameplay is simple but effective. The enemies present themselves as mechanical guns and aliens. Some aliens are disguised as hostages but will then mutate into their true forms. The game can occasionally get a little confusing when there are many sprites on screen at once but this doesn't particularly detract from the experience.

The rapid fire gun requires recharging after prolonged use (which adds difficulty to the game when you are faced with a ton of enemies on screen). In addition to the standard rapid fire weapon, there are four other weapons: a flamethrower, grenade launcher, blade bomb and a freeze bomb. These weapons require ammunition which can be obtained throughout the stages, and they’re activated by the player using a control pad plugged into port 2. (If the Light Phaser is being used, that is).

You can choose your own path by shooting a door or an arrow when given the chance. There are seven levels in total with basic cut scenes in between. By today’s standards; it is slow paced but I assume if you’re reading this review - that wouldn't matter. This game does not support multiplayer unfortunately.

Music/Sound: 4/10

The music is quite enjoyable at times but could get annoying pretty quickly as it is very repetitive and only has one memorable hook (appearing rarely). Looking at it as just "background music" - it adds ambiance and suspense. The sound effects work just fine and let you know when you are shooting or when you have picked up an item.

Graphics: 7/10

The graphics are great for an 8-bit system. I like the scrolling effect whilst going through tunnels. If you have seen the classic film Aliens; you will notice some resemblances.

Overall: 7/10

Any retro game fan would enjoy this nice little shooter. It’s not the best SMS game ever but it’s definitely worth a play though every once in a while.

Simple gameplay.
Easy to pick up and "just play".
Great fun with the Light Phaser.

Repetitive music.
A lack of multiplayer.
Not as fun if you only have a control pad.

Rating:   3.5 - Good

Product Release: Space Gun (EU, 12/31/92)

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