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It's the year 300x. The Earth has been ravaged by careless humans, leaving an uninhabitable, polluted wasteland. The space terrorists, Gulfer, plan to harvest the pollution to make some sort of garbage weapon. The good guys, the Leezaluth, aren't happy about that, so they decide they have to blow up the Earth before Gulfer gets at it. They give Earth an ultimatum: destroy Gulfer or Leezaluth destroys Earth. To help them out, Leezaluth gives Earth's last hero, Dan, a special weapon: the TOZ system.

Why don't the Leezaluth just stop Gulfer themselves? It's not exactly clear.

So, we have the premise for a side scrolling shooter. The star attraction here is the TOZ system. The TOZ is an orb that follows your ship around, and can be shot at enemy ships to absorb their weapons. Using the TOZ, Dan will fight through 8 stages filled with lots of enemies and really large bosses.


Gaiares Genesis Good action. Enemies had no chance
Gaiares Genesis Hyperspace ends in a castle.
Gaiares Genesis How indeed.
Gaiares Genesis The first boss.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ガイアレス" -- Japanese spelling

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One of the greatest 16 bit shooters of all time. Majestic Lizard (676) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2002 9.25 out of 10 92
HonestGamers Jan 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Player One Dec, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1991 35 out of 40 88 Sep 14, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Shin Force May 19, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic Sep 17, 2006 B+ 83 Jun 13, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Le Geek Mar, 2006 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Apr, 1991 78 out of 100 78


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quizzley7 (21710) added Gaiares (Genesis) on Feb 04, 2004