[PlayStation 4] Gynoug Review
Gynoug from Ratalaika Games is a classic console shoot ‘em up now getting a second chance on PlayStation 4. Learn more in our Gynoug review!
Gynoug from Ratalaika Games is a classic console shoot ‘em up from Masaya that is now getting a second chance on PlayStation 4. It was originally released on the Sega Mega Drive back in 1991, making its way to North America as Wings of Wor. It’s now 2021, and thirty years later, it’s getting a second chance on Sony’s console thanks to Ratalaika Games. Other than getting a release on the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console – only in Japan -, this is probably going to be the first time that many of you get to play the game.
In an era that falls somewhere between the Middle Ages and early modern times, the demons have grown too powerful thanks to the evil ambitions of humans. They’re now being led by The Destroyer, who, as its name suggests, aims to destroy everything in their path. In order to save its tribe, the angel Wor must spread its wings and do whatever it takes to reach Iccus and defeat all of the demons on its path so that it can eradicate The Destroyer.
The controls for this old-school shoot ‘em up are easy to use. You’ll move your character around the screen with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, attacking with the X button and activating one of the magic scrolls you pick up by pressing the L2 button. Once a magic scroll has been activated, press the Square button to use its power, shooting deadly giant arrows at enemies or making lighting fall down from the top part of the screen! When playing the game, you can also rewind the action with the L1 button to fix any mistakes you make along the way.
You can collect red and blue spheres to increase your firepower so that you can deal more damage and attack over a wider range. There are also power-ups to collect that will change the way Wor fires. These power-ups will switch things up between a spread shot, a special attack that shoots in front and behind your character, and a flurry of attacks that concentrates over a set of lanes in front of your character. You can also collect feathers to increase Wor’s movement speed.
With this one being a Ratalaika Games release, we’ve now come to expect each game to be not only cross-buy between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 but also each version having its own trophy list. On top of this, it’s a full list with a Platinum trophy, so if you have a PS5, you could find yourself with two new Platinum trophies in a couple of hours! The trophy list is a straightforward one, asking that you get a million points to make a handful of trophies pop along the way, as well as complete each of the game’s six stages.
Gynoug is a solid shoot ‘em up that most of us didn’t get a chance to play back when it was released in the early 1990s, and it’s a treat to have it ready to go on PlayStation. It has easy-to-pick-up gameplay mechanics, a challenging but fun group of enemies and bosses, and a great soundtrack, making this one an easy game to recommend to shoot ‘em up fans – and trophy hunters. Gynoug is out on PlayStation with a $6.99 price as a cross-buy release, so you’ll get both the PS4 and PS5 versions for that low price.
This Gynoug review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.