Sega has ported a version of the Sega Genesis classic shooter Gunstar Heroes to the iPhone, for $2.99. Gunstar Heroes now joins other Genesis ports like Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Space Harrier 2, Shining Force, Phantasy Star 2, and Ecco the Dolphin. We had a chance to play the iPhone version back in September, and took some hands-on video.
After years of playing quality two-stick shooters on the iPhone, Gunstar Heroes’ old-school control scheme takes some getting used to. Instead of updating any of the controls, the Genesis buttons are simply grafted onto the touchscreen. Unfortunately, this also covers up a lot of the crazy action.
If you can get past that, though, Gunstar Heroes is a great 16-bit game. Its high degree of difficulty and impressive (for the time) visuals still garner respect, but that may just be the nostalgia talking. You can download Gunstar Heroes by clicking here.