is a sequel to Gradius
and Life Force
, and is a horizontal space shooter composed of seven levels.
Like in its predecessor, it is possible to collect power-ups from enemies and choose which type to use and when . This time, this system is enhanced with the option of choosing between four different power-up sequences, allowing the player to use different types of weapons against enemies. There is also the possibility to gain options, which are mysterious balls of fire that follows the player-controlled spaceship closely and mimic all its movements (including shots). While the player only could have two of them in the NES version of Gradius
, it is now possible in all versions to have up to four.