Gyruss is a space shooter game which was released in 1983. It plays like a cross between Galaga and Tempest. The player controls a fighter trying to make its way from the outer solar system to Earth, and has to shoot enemy ships in order to survive. The player’s ship moves in a circle around the outside of the screen, while the enemy ships fly from the outside of the screen toward the center (off in the distance). The background music for the game is a synthesized version of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
Gyruss was designed by Yoshiki Okamoto and produced by Konami. It was distributed in North America by Centuri.