Source: Ratalaika Games
There’s not much story here to fall upon, nor much explanation as to what’s going on with your power-ups and what not. But here’s the gist – evil has befallen the land and it’s up to you, a winged warrior along the lines of Hawkman, to use your mastery of bullets to bring them down. From there, it’s all about the hardcore shooting style, which has made this such a favorite from the 16-bit era.
The gameplay remains as “hardcore” as it’s ever been, thanks to the high challenge level within Gynoug. Bosses can be a handful, and you’ll also have to contend with oncoming enemies, from both sides of the screen. Fortunately, the power-ups are helpful, from fireballs that shoot in different directions to a temporary shield that can protect you from the most devastating of hits (temporarily, mind you).
What’s great about Gynoug’s port is the stuff that Ratalaika has added that makes it worthwhile. Think the game is too hard? You can add infinite lives, make yourself invincible or boost your power-ups with little to no penalty. Some might call it cheating, but it really serves more as incentive. Plus, there’s an awesome rewind feature that works in real-time, so you can automatically make up for mistakes and see how to avoid them for next time. It’s great having these, though old-schoolers will no doubt set that aside just to see how they fare on their own.