Gyruss was released in March 1983. Also licensed to Centuri for US manufacture and distribution (April 1983).
After working on the successful "Time Pilot
", Gyruss' designer, Yoshiki Okamoto, went on to create Gyruss, which, although a success in its own right, was released at a time when the arcade craze was starting to die down. This may explain why the game didn't shift the units it really deserved. After its release, Okamoto asked for a raise, or he would quit. He was duly fired when he turned up for work the following day.
One of the most memorable features of this game is its soundtrack, which consists of an extremely catchy synthesized rendition of Bach's 'Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor'.
Anthony Fodrizio holds the official record for this game with 41090450 points.
A set of developer credits are hidden in the ROM, beginning at 1E9A in memory.
A bootleg of this game is known as "Venus
Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Vol.1 - 28XA-85) on June 25, 1986.
A Gyruss unit appears in the music video for "Kid Candy" by the grunge rock group Seaweed.