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Gradius

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Description

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 Arcade Game over
Gradius MSX Title screen (Japanese version)
Gradius Arcade Boss 7 "Xaerous Brain"
Gradius TurboGrafx-16 Game over

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

This is how to make shoot-em-up games (v1.5) MSX Wertzui (187)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1992 92 out of 100 92
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
1UP! NES May 16, 2006 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) NES May, 1989 874 out of 1000 87
64'er Commodore 64 May, 1987 13 out of 15 87
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Quebec Gamers NES Mar 07, 2007 7.9 out of 10 79
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Cubed3 NES Nov 11, 2012 7 out of 10 70

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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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