in 1989 on PC-Engine, GUNHED is a vertical srolling shooting game
in the vein of ALESTE. The game is stamped HUDSON but it's truly
COMPILE which had programmed it, at the title we can see another
copyright ; the one of TOHO SUNRISE. This could mean that the
game is adapted from something already existing, may be the movie
Gunhed (americano-japanese) or Gunhed manga, but I can't say sure
things about these speculations.
for sure on the other hand, is that GUNHED is not the first opus
of the famous HUDSON shooting series on NEC. NO !, SUPER STAR
SOLDIER is not a sequel to GUNHED, but the sequel of STAR SOLDIER
released on MSX. That belief have lived many years (almost in
France), because of the HUDSON copyright in title screen, video
game press was abused by these words and by some similarities
inherent to the genre (it's 2 vertical shooting for sure), but
the two games are really differents, and I prefer the COMPILE
know-how indeed (even if I enjoyed to finish the whole SOLDIER
series, my favorite one is SOLDIER BLADE).
truly a traditionnal COMPILE shoot'em up (look's like a SUPER
ALESTE one, and all these elements which make you know that it's
COMPILE game). The game, rather difficult, carry you away with
a wild scrolling to a multitude of enemies and boss to shoot.
The PC-Engine possibilities are very well used, a vast number
of sprites, perfect scrollings, good music, admitedly in PSG but
the sound team of the CARBUNCLE company know how to do (let's
hear the musics of GUNHED or DEVIL CRUSH, another master piece
of sound programming by COMPILE on this same game console).
to conclude, we can say that GUNHED do not age, it's with infinite
pleasure that I will re-do the game to make screen-captures to
illustrate this rubric.