Gynoug, aka Wings of Wor is a ’90s side-scrolling shooter that was originally released on the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis. Released by Ratalaika Games on the Nintendo switch, Gynoug is almost an exact port of the original, except that it has been slightly improved with a few new features. In Gynoug, the planet has been decimated by a virus that has transformed and mutated into a breed of some of the most fearsome creatures ever. They are the Mutants of Iccus, led by the terrible Destroyer. Many have taken on the mutants before you and many have failed. Now it’s your turn to fight back as the angel Wor. From the deepest caverns of Iccus to the belly of the beast itself, you must fly and fight for the life of your planet. It won’t be easy, but then the best battles never are. Destroy the Destroyer and Iccus will be saved, its skies free once again.
So what’s new in Gynoug? Basically, there’s now a new rewind mode as well as save/load states so that you can save at any point in the game. Not only that but there are also cheats enabled that you can activate in the special menu. That’s pretty much it. Everything else is classic Gynoug, from the retro graphics to the dynamic 16-bit audio score.
Speaking of classic, the graphics are still pretty decent, considering how old this game is, but I still think it holds up pretty well. It is presented in its original aspect ratio, so you’ll see some borders on the left and right sides. At least these borders have some art in them so they’re not just black.
The game itself can be challenging, but it’s not difficult to beat, especially if you utilize the rewind feature. There are only six levels, but each is fairly long and includes both a mid-boss and an end-boss. Weapons can be powered up by collecting items and there’s even a magical attack as well.
So is Gynoug worth picking up? It’s not bad. The gameplay is still pretty solid and if you’re a fan of old-school side-scrolling shooters, you’ll probably like this. Not to mention the fact that the game is only $7, so pricing isn’t really an issue here.
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