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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 Story
Gaiares Genesis Look!  It's the northern lights.
Gaiares Genesis Hyperspace ends in a castle.
Gaiares Genesis Good action. Enemies had no chance

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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

1UP! Feb 10, 2006 93 out of 100 93
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2002 9.25 out of 10 92
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jan 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Player One Dec, 1991 89 out of 100 89
The Video Game Critic Sep 17, 2006 B+ 83 Jun 13, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Retrogaming History Jul 15, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Apr, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Mar, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Sega Does Jun 23, 2017 D+ 33


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quizzley7 (21707) added Gaiares (Genesis) on Feb 04, 2004