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Gunstar Heroes
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Genre(s): Run and Gun action platformer
Platform(s): Sega Genesis
Game Gear, Nintendo 3DS
Release: Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
JP: September 10, 1993
WW: September 1993

Game Gear
JP: March 24, 1995

Nintendo 3DS
JP: June 24, 2015
WW: August 20, 2015

Developer(s): Treasure
Publisher(s): Sega
Successor: Gunstar Super Heroes

Gunstar Heroes is a video game developed by Treasure and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis in 1993. It is a side scrolling action platform shooting game and it was Treasure's debut project.

Why It Has Seven Forces

  1. Nice, coloured, cartoon-like graphics.
  2. Awesome music.
  3. Depending on the character you choose, you can play with "Free Shot" or "Fixed Shot". The former will allow you to move while shooting, the latter will allow you to fire in eight directions.
  4. Non-stop action from the start of the level to the end, with a lot of explosions.
  5. The first four levels can be played in any order, like in the Mega Man series.
  6. Despite being a side scrolling shooter, your character also has a variety of melee attacks and throws at his disposal, even in mid-air.
  7. An original weapon system: there are four types of weapons, each one with its own characteristics, that can be combined together in pairs for different results. Some combinations allow a easier run, while others require a bit of strategy, so you can choose a combination over another according to the level of challenge you want to have. You can even press "select" at any time to use just one or your weapons and collect icons to change weapon if you feel the need.
  8. A lot of intense boss battles.
  9. Accessible difficult for every one. It also has unlimited continues.
  10. Black's Dice Palace stage is one of the most unique and ingenious level in the history of video games.
  11. An epic final stage.
  12. A good dose of humor every now and then in the game, which most likely has inspired the Metal Slug series.

Bad Qualities

  1. Like in the NES Castlevania games, when the Gunstars jump, their trajection will stay the same until they land.
  2. Black's Dice Palace stage has so many problems, although it's very creative.
    • It doesn't sound that bad until you realize that there's a tile that sends you back to the start, though this is far from the worst part.
      • There's even a boss that does almost nothing that goes by the name of Melon Bread.
    • The worst part is that throwing the die gives you a random number, which is really cheap.


Gunstar Heroes was very well received at the time of its release and was even Best Action Game of 1993 by the video game magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly. It is often included in Best Video Games of All Time lists by several publications, including the afore-mentioned Electronic Gaming Monthly, and Guinness World Records. Its rating of is 4.22.



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