(Gun Lord running on an Egret 2 cabinet)
The development of the Gun Lord for the NeoGeo MVS (and a few other platforms such as the AES and Dreamcast) is something that fans of Turrican style games have been waiting for through most of last year and if you have an MVS and a few hundred Euros to spend then the wait will be over soon – March 26th to be exact. The game was supposed to be released late last year but for some reason it was delayed.I wonder how well it will sell to arcades – the MVS is something that a lot of places still have but it will come down to whether people will try a game of this style. Other platform releases are coming later this year.
Here is a new trailer for the game which as a little advisory writes out some strong language in a couple of instances during the beginning cutscene. Skip to 1:00 if you want to jump all of that and get straight to the game. I know the game is very Turrican-like although I still maintain that there are hints of Shadow of the Beast in there too. Skip ahead to 5:00 in for a cool dragon boss; about 5:30 it appears that there is a horizontal shmup level to play as well! They have certainly pulled out all the stops to make one heck of an effort on the MVS.
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The only question I (still) have is: is the level design mostly like a ‘real’ Turrican, or more out of Mega Turrican? I assume the latter–and the trailer seems to bear this out–since the former wouldn’t be altogether conducive to an arcade game, but I’d love to be proven wrong! (And don’t get me wrong: I like both forms, but Mega Turrican is as much Contra as Turrican, insofar as the maze-like levels of most Turricans go.)
When they initially revealed the game, it’s supposed to let you explore a bit. How much exploration there really is, I wonder that as well. I guess as long as there are enemies to disintegrate coming at you, it should be fun.
Yeah, MT lets you explore a bit, too, but it’s a tiny fraction of a normal Turrican.
I have to admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time with either game. I have it to run with DOSBox so I guess I should stop being lazy and get to playing through it a bit more.
For some reason this game makes me think of metroid game series by nintendo. I know I’d certainly give this a go but it whether it will appearl to the younger generation who take gaming technology for granted these days. I miss playing arcade games that use joysticks besides the one off chance fighter game like tekken and such :/ Pacman battle royal
Have you ever played Turrican? Back in the day it was essentially an answer to Metroid, with a little more action packed into it.
God, I’d **love** to have this game on my Neo cab.
@ArcadeHero… if we were being picky, we could also compare this game to the arcade game ‘Psycho Nics Oscar’ by Data East.
But clearly, Turrican is 95% of the inspiration. 🙂
Yeah, psycho and metroid were the inspirations behind Turrican, so….it’s some sort of incestuous relationship 😉
No I’ve never heard of it arcadehero but it sounds good though. Is this game avalable in the rest of the world or is it only for sale in japan even though it was developed in german? Being a neo geo game would that mean that someone could import this game and switch the catridges in their neo geo cabinet.