a.k.a. ガム・シュー / ガムシュー / Gum Shoe

created and published by Nintendo in 1986-06-01, running on Nintendo Entertainment System
type: shooting gallery, platformer
perspective: side view auto-scroll
player options: single player
languages: eng

Personal review

The most notable thing about Gumshoe is the fact that this is the very first NES game that was not released in Japan. It is a Zapper game, but unlike other games the game looks and plays like a platform game. Shooting obstacles and enemies costs ammo, which can be filled by collecting balloons. Shooting the main character makes him jump. The constant switching between jumping and killing enemies can be very confusing and hectic, making this a very difficult game. The four stages are graphically varied and are well designed as is the music. I just wish they had made it a normal platformer with normal controls.

# 2009-09-08 16:09:34

Official description

Jennifer's been kidnapped! Now's your chance to prove you're a sharp-shooting detective by helping Jennifer's father find the five diamonds that will pay her ransom. You'll use your Zapper light gun to blow away anything that gets in your way. But even with the Zapper, this case will be hard to crack. Because not only are the diamonds hard to find, but you only have 24 hours to find them! What's more, you'll have to think fast and shoot even faster, because ferocious monsters, diving airplanes and hungry man-eating sharks will stop at nothing to prevent you from getting to the diamonds. Think you're a sharp-shooting detective? Well, you better be. Because if you're not, it's curtains for you in this quick-on-the-trigger Nintendo Light Gun game!
# 2016-05-05 04:54:05 - official description


A Zapper game where you must rescue Mr. Stevenson's kidnapped daughter by helping him reach the five 'Black Panther' diamonds for the ransom. Shoot obstacles in the way, or shoot the main character to make him jump to avoid danger or reach higher platforms.
(Jacquismo) - # 2006

Technical specs

display: raster

Editor note

While the catalog number for the Canadian version is officially "NES-GS-CAN", the cartridge itself mere shows "CAN".
Likewise, the Great Britain/Italy version shows "GBR".
The Hong Kong version catalog number "NES-GS-HGK" does not actually appear on the cartridge. But this is known to be the correct catalog number from official Nintendo sources.
Likewise, "NES-GS-ASI" is not shown on the Asian version cartridge. But this is known to be the correct catalog number from official Nintendo sources.
Although the name "ガム・シュー" does not appear on any of the original game materials, other Nintendo sources do use this name.
"ガムシュー" is used unofficially.
The catalog number for the Japanese version is "HVC-GS". However, this does not appear on any game materials. This is a very obscure Japanese release.
"HVC-GS" is the also catalog number used for the Wild Gunman and Zapper set sold in Japan. "HVC-WG" is the catalog number for the normal Wild Gunman package.
# 2013-06-26 14:49:28

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External reviews (4) - average: 77.5% - median: 80%

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C&VG (Computer & Video Games) 1-84uk761988-028/1080%
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Tilt 39-113fr521988-0316/2080%

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