is a hard one to grasp at first. I came expecting the color matching or shape/block stacking games that we have seen lots of over the years. The actual style of play here involves several columns that rise gradually and contain lines of different types. Think of the lines as blocks that you can move up and down but not side to side. And you can't rotate the blocks. So what you look for are patterns across all columns that connect blocks. If you connect blocks left to right, you will clear those blocks. You can then find combos in connecting other horizontal lines that feed into or cross the lines you created. Multiple column clearing will give a better score and unleash some devastating attacks on opponents.
That's right: opponents. Gunpey is fundamentally a competitive game although there is a nice single player mode. When you go into the Frontier Mode, you will face off against competitors and open up new gaming arenas. There is a multiplayer option when you get tired of the CPU opponent. There is a system for doing timed attacks against levels and different stage clearing sessions. The split screen is nice, but you can also choose to play with a different session on each screen. The flipping back and forth makes for some crazy, frantic gameplay. Fun if you know what you're doing. The best way to "get" Gunpey is to just jump in and play. It will be a new experience but we would have said the same thing about lots of games that are classics now.
As add-ons or extras there are two neat little additions to Gunpey. One is an honest-to-goodness music sequencer complete with beats you can save and load. You can even map out notes and rhythms on a matrix and create home-grown beats. It doesn't seem like these are playable in the main game modes, which would have been cooler. There is another quirky add-on that features G-Note, a little character who appears during the game and prances around the screen. If you win in competitions, you'll see that G-Note learns new moves. The extra feature is a little mode that lets you put G-Note through his paces. Cute.