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The people of Gradius are in trouble. The ameoboid Bacterions have launched an all out attack against the planet, and it's up to you to fly into battle and save them. Along the way you'll be able to power up your ship with hyper speed, force fields, lasers, missiles, double beam cannons and more to help you battle.

Gradius is a side-scrolling shooter. Shooting certain enemies will leave a power up pod behind which can be collected to add more power to your ship. Each level features a wide variety of enemies trying to stop you, with a large boss at the end. Gameplay is for one player or two players alternating.

Screenshots

Gradius Amstrad CPC Ship destroyed
Gradius Arcade Next level
Gradius Arcade Sub-Boss 4 "Iron Maiden"
Gradius NES Watch out for giant stone heads!

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙巡航机" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Nemesis" -- European Arcade & Computer title
  • "グラディウス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 94 out of 100 94
The Video Game Critic NES Apr 09, 2000 A- 91
Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
64'er Commodore 64 May, 1987 13 out of 15 87
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Retro Game Age NES Feb 06, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jun 23, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.de Wii Mar 12, 2007 3 out of 5 60
Defunct Games NES Sep 20, 2009 C 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Gradius appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade version

The coin-op arcade version of this game was such a success, rumor has it that it caused a coin shortage in Japan.

Konami Code

The NES version was the first game to use the famous Konami Code.

BBC Micro conversion

A & B Computing reported in 1987 about a BBC Micro port that was developed, but never finished. The programmer was later revealed to be Kenton Price.

NES version

In the arcade game, players could carry up to four options. Due to technical limits of the NES, here they can only have two.

X68000 supplement

Gradius was bundled with the X68000 computer in Japan, which enforces its status as a "killer app".

Awards

  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #3 Best C64 Game '87
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Nintendo Game in 1989
Information also contributed by Игги Друге, Dracula Marth and Maw

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