Gun Frontier was released in January 1991 in Japan. It had very good graphics and sounds for its time but the gameplay had a lower quality. So, Gun Frontier was a flop.
This game is known outside Japan as "Gun & Frontier
The Director of this game, Mr. Takatsuna Senba was an animator when he joined Taito, his first work was "Master of Weapon
". He soon became a famous director, by directing "Metal Black
" and Gun & Frontier. These two shoot'em ups have great graphics and BGM, many Japanese gamers remember his name, thanks to these two games.
This game was dedicated to the late Mr. Katsujiro Fujimoto.
This game was inspired from the Anime series of the same name by Leiji Matsumoto. It is a hilarious, thrilling and outrageous story that takes place on a lawless planet in deep space. In a wild land where the dust of sand swirls, two totally different men, Harlock 'the Quick Draw' and Tochiro 'the Master Swordsman,' meet a mysterious woman called Sinunora and travel together. "This odd threesome gets involved in thrilling and outrageous brawls and seems to attract one fight after another!".
S. Yagawa paid homage to this game by programming "Battle Garegga
", which has a lot of features taken from "Gun Frontier
" (not only design, you can destroy scenery, weapon and bombs system, etc).
Leiji Matsumoto, in his series 'Cosmo Warrior Zero', recycles the "Gun Frontier
" settings for the 'Silvana' character. Since the Sony PlayStation tie-in was produced by Taito, the planet looks like planet "Gloria
", the one featured in this Taito shmup.
Like in "Master of Weapon
", Hisayoshi Ogura, who is credited on the credits roll, didn't compose the BGM. According to Takatsuna Senba, Some BGMs were specially ordered from V. Ohashi.
According to the producer, Takatsuna Senba, summer 1990 was very hot and they ordered fans to cool the offices. But the computers had overheats and all the datas and game sources have almost disappeared.
Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Runark, Gun Frontier - PCCB-00060) on April 21, 1991.
Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Zuntata History L'ab-normal 1st - ZTTL-0038) on April 1, 1999.