Gunbird Special Edition
Notice how in the music industry a recording artist’s past endeavours are simply referred to as ‘back catalogue’. In contrast, any game over say, five-years old is universally deemed ‘retro’ – a word with more than a small amount of stigma attached to it. Welcome to Gunbird: Special Edition, a title comprised of two games – Gunbird and Gunbird 2 taken from developer Psikyo’s healthy back catalogue of sterling shoot-’em-ups. Or a retro compendium – whichever you prefer.
Players that know what ‘TATE’ means, rejoice – it’s here. Everyone else just appreciate the exceptional value that two games for £10 represents. Instead of piloting a spaceship through the thick shmup flak, Gunbird introduces quirky characters akin to those dwelling in a tactics RPG to control – each with trademark shot and bomb attacks. Bosses and mid-bosses attack, first with banter, then traditional laser-fire. Neither game is short of bullets or personality – you just have to be prepared to look past the dated visuals.