A force of mysterious, rampaging commandos are SV attacking the Earth. The planet's only hope for salvation is Gun-Force, a multinational army that's armed with the latest in technology and military strategies. Strap on your weapons, climb into your commando boots, and prepare to defend your planet.
Fire at Will
It's nice to know that some things never change... well almost. GunForce, (and yes, it is the GunForce of arcade fame) looks and plays pretty much like its famous predecessor. This means you get five vertically- and horizontally-scrolling stages of run 'n' gun arcade-style action.
In this one- or simultaneous two-player shooter, you walk, run, or ride across hostile terrains that have been infiltrated by enemy soldiers. The object is simple -- survive to the end of the level and defeat the not-so-tough bosses that await you. By the way, fans of the Contra series will note a distinct similarity between GunForce's bosses and those of Contra.
ProTip: Blow away the final boss in seconds with this easy maneuver. First, destroy the boss' System Area Box. Next, hop inside the box 'cuz you're safe from enemy fire there. Finally, fire up towards the boss' head and he's done for.
Obliterated enemy commandos frequently drop power-ups that increase your chance for survival. These weapon enhancements range from rapid fire on your normal gun to different types of weapons, such as a flame thrower.
Sometimes, less is more. The most useful weapon in GunForce is the Normal Gun in combo with an SNES controller or joystick that has Turbo Fire. Turbo is better than the game's Auto Fire because it fires much more rapidly.
Ticket to Ride
Your soldier is relatively fast on his feet. He can climb and leap to points of safety. He can also climb aboard empty vehicles, such as tanks, jeeps, and helicopters, to take a ride.
- Your mercenary can run faster than the screen can scroll. Stay to the right-hand edge of the screen and fire continually. You'll blow away enemy troops before they even appear on-screen.
- Hitch a ride on enemy vehicles whenever possible. Not only can you use their weaponry to blow away enemy soldiers, but you're also safe from damage.
- Use the old Two-Player trick to add extra continues to your game. Begin a regular game. When Player One is about to die, bring in Player Two and continue with 12 more lives.
You live or die based on the amount of damage you take from enemy troopers and fire. You've got three lives per game and four continues -- 12 in all.
Force the Issue
GunForce is a more than passable translation of the coin op classic, despite some slowdown and game play that doesn't match up to the arcade version.
Graphically, the look and feel of the original comes across with style. If you're a fan of GunForce/Contra style games, GunForce just might blow you away!