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GenrePlatform Shooter
PublisherOcean Software
Reviewed byndial
Gryzor is a coin-op conversion from the original arcade game Contra, released in 1987 for the coin-ops. The game is available to all 8bit home computers (Spectrum ZX, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and MSX2) since 1988. It is also available for the MS-DOS (PC) as well as for the Nintendo NES console.
The defensive forces of the earth are infiltrated... Planet Suna and its habitants, the Durrs, are now the new greatest threat for humanity. The Durrs have set up a stronghold in an uncharted region of our planet and assembled an atmosphere processing plant (APP) which gives them the ability to control the planet's weather conditions. Their plan is to bring about another ice age and thereby take over Earth and all its resources. You are Lance Gryzor, a member of the defense federation and your mission is to discover Durrs' evil intentions and infiltrate their stronghold...! You control a soldier who battles waves of enemies including humanoids, machines, mutants and giant aliens until he reaches his ultimate goal. Better weapons can be obtained by destroying weapon stores. But you need to move and jump simultaneously while firing in order to survive! Much of the game's popularity came from its two-player co-op gameplay, which was an uncommon feature by the time Gryzor (Contra) was released on the arcades. Also, the gameplay varies in perspective from 2D side-scrolling (the outdoor stages like the jungle) to pseudo-3D (maze stages in which you destroy targets on the back wall)! While successful on the arcade version, the game became and remained widely popular when was converted to the 8bits computers and 16bits consoles. It's really a nice shooter with loads of action and good presentation but its high difficulty makes it almost impossible to progress further to the next stage.

The MSX2 version features nice and colorful graphics with detailed backgrounds (like jungles, rivers, waterfalls etc). The MSX2 Gryzor plays smoother than the CPC or ZX, much like the C64 version. The sprites move fast and smooth but the action runs on a flip-screen mode (like the CPC and ZX Spectrum) which is rather awkward. There is a nice intro music theme plus some great sound effects of different quality sounds like gunfire, explosions etc. Of note, each stage features its own unique music tune.
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Comparable platforms
Amstrad CPC
Commodore C64
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Hardware information


MSX2CPU: ZiLOG Z80A at 3,58MHz
MEMORY: 64Kb to 128Kb RAM, 64KB ROM (32Kb for bios, 16Kb for Basic v3, 16Kb for DiskROM)
GRAPHICS: Yamaha V9938 with 128Kb VRAM (sometimes 64 or 192Kb) supporting 512x212 (16 colours out of 512) and 256x212 (256 colours)
SOUND: Yamaha YM2149 (PSG) 3 channels, 8 octaves. Also supports Yamaha YM2413 (OPLL) known as FM-PAC capable of 9 channels FM or 6 channels FM + 5 drums and 15 pre-set instruments!
The MSX2 (default) color palette
9-bit RGB 512-color palette (16 on-screen)
MSX2+: 15bit RGB 32,768-color palette (19,268 on screen)
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