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Taitos 1990 shmup Gun Frontier joins the Arcade Archives range

Theres gold inside them thar hills

Following on from last weeks glorious Namco release Dig Dug, Hamster has turned its focus on Messrs Taito once more, bringing the veteran developers alternate history shmup Gun Frontier to the Arcade Archives range on Nintendo Switch and PS4.

Released to the coin-op market in 1990, Gun Frontier is really a truly wild clash of narrative ideas and visual designs. Occur the 22nd century contrary to the backdrop of the earth Gloria, a ruthless band of space pirates The Wild Lizards have captured the star and set its visitors to work, mining the precious gold ore that lies beneath Glorias surface. In a single final bid for freedom, the settlers commandeer a bizarre, pistol-shaped tank before getting into an all-out mission to defeat the oppressors and free the earth.

Browse the action in the video below, thanks to veteran YouTuber World of Longplays.

This means six stages of vertically scrolling shmup action, with the ball player guiding their odd vessel into battle against waves of enemies and boss characters. Getting started with dual machine guns, the ship could be upgraded by collecting power-ups from the battlefield. A fascinating bomb mechanic rewards the ball player for conserving their secondary ammo, offering up screen-clearing explosives which are controlled with regards to the vessels position on-screen.

Gun Frontier wouldn’t normally get a home port until a tweaked and remastered edition appeared on Sega Saturn in 1997. The initial edition has since featured on numerous Taito compilations. While you can find arguably better classic shmups available, Gun Frontier sticks out because of its interesting rework of Americas frontier era, with various in-game designs built around themes such as for example buffalo stampedes, silver dollars, old west weaponry, and, needless to say, the Californian Gold Rush.

Gun Frontier can be acquired to download now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Chris Moyse

Senior Editor – Chris has been playing video gaming because the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse

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