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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 Commodore 64 Incoming missiles...
Gradius MSX Title Screen (European version)
Gradius Sharp X68000 Demonstration
Gradius Sharp X1 The citizens of Gradius can sleep safe and sound

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 (176)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Nov, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) NES May, 1989 874 out of 1000 87
Power Play NES Mar, 1989 85 out of 100 85
All Game Guide TurboGrafx-16 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 78 out of 100 78
The Games Machine (UK) NES Apr, 1989 76 out of 100 76
IGN Wii Jan 09, 2007 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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