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Gradius (NES)

82
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (23 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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The Video Game Critic
This classic side-scrolling was extremely influential on the shooting genre. Gradius is a difficult space shooter, but also insanely addictive. One aspect that sets the game apart is its innovative power-up system. As you destroy enemies, they produce icons you can "cash in" for new weapons or abilities. The more you collect, the better the available power-up. But no matter how much firepower you've accumulated, once you crash, you lose everything. A well-designed shooter with superb graphics and audio, Gradius stands the test of time.
90
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
The Nintendo version moves along at a hectic pace and is actually faster than its MSX counterpart.
87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
This latest Konami product is an intelligent conversion, tailoring the game to suit the console's capabilities (there are only two drones available, for instance). As a result, it's colourful, smooth and pretty much flicker-free. It's also very addictive! A definite must-buy.
87
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
As well as packaging in all the features of the coin-op, Konami have added plenty of their own in the form of cheats and hidden bonuses. On each level it's possible to get an extra man and 5000 bonus points by completing a set manoeuvre, and there are also a myriad of other secret bonuses and warps which I'll be revealing in Playmasters in the coming months. Nintendo blasters are rare beasts, so don't let this one escape.
87
1UP!
Personnellement, je ne vous cacherai pas que ma préférence va à R-Type, et pas seulement à cause de la barre d'options. On ressent encore un peu l'influence des shoot'em up fondateurs dans Gradius, ceux de Namco, notamment dans les phases d'assaut qui tiennent parfois lieu de boss, où vous devez simplement survivre une suite d'attaque dans un écran immobile. Et puis il y a aussi le fond noir, encore et toujours, un vice de Konami sur NES. L'animation aussi souffre de clignotements et de ralentissements, mais elle demeure malgré tout saisissante de par le nombre d'objets qui se meuvent à l'écran. D'ailleurs les limitations techniques de la NES peuvent se révéler utiles par moments, pour rendre le jeu un petit peu moins dur. Par exemple certains ennemis sont littéralement absorbés par le bord gauche de l'écran avant d'avoir pu simplement disparaître.
85
Power Play
Gradius machte vor einigen Jahren unter dem Namen "Nemesis" in den Spielhallen Furore. Das Programm ist zwar nicht mehr das allerfrischeste, spielt sich aber immer noch wie eine Eins. Die Version fürs Nintendo-Videospiel ist grafisch und spielerisch mit dem Automaten identisch. Sieben Levels voller verschiedener Gegner und Extrawaffen sorgen für Spannung. Gradius ist das erste reinrassige Weltraumballerspiel, das in Deutschland fürs Nintendo erscheint. Das Modul wandert in unserer Redaktion häufig in den Modulschacht.
84
Video Games
Spielerisch und technisch ist Gradius ein unverwüstlicher Action-Leckerbissen.
79
Quebec Gamers
Bien qu'aujourd'hui il puisse paraître passé date pour certains, ceux qui savent apprécier un jeu dans son contexte, Gradius est tout simplement un classique intemporel qu'on peut apprécier encore et encore.
76
The Games Machine (UK)
Nintendo owners have had to wait a long time for this conversion and Konami haven't disappointed them. Watch out for even better things in the Nemesis series when Salamander is released in late '89 under the name of Lifeforce.
70
Cubed3
Nevertheless, the original Gradius remains a good game for its time and one that any fan of shmups must have tried at least once.
70
GameCola.net
If you enjoy relentlessly difficult space shooters, or if you just enjoy smashing spaceships into big rocks, Gradius should absolutely make its way into your Backloggery. Whether you play it long enough to discover every hidden 1-UP and warp zone or whether you’re totally lame and give up before making it to Stage 4, it’s a memorable experience thanks to the iconic enemies, the nifty scenery and sound effects, the pulse-pounding challenges, and the catchy, energy-filled soundtrack that I’m only just bringing up now in my concluding paragraph.