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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 MSX Stage 3
Gradius TurboGrafx-16 Dead
Gradius Amstrad CPC Cruising through a different environment
Gradius Arcade Sub-Boss 4 "Iron Maiden"

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 (180)

The Press Says

Computer Gamer MSX Nov, 1986 19 out of 20 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Nov, 1987 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Apr, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1987 86 out of 100 86
Power Play NES Mar, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX Feb, 1987 9 out of 12 75
GameCola.net NES Dec 13, 2011 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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