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Gain Ground is an arcade style action game with a bit of strategy thrown in. The goal is get all of the soldiers to the opposite side of the screen or to kill all of the enemies. Each soldier in the army has a unique specialization, from among 20 types. Each soldier can attack in two different ways, using either a normal weapon or a special weapon. The strategy comes from deciding which soldier would do best in which situation. Some weapons are better at dealing with certain enemies and obstacles than other weapons.

Players start with only three soldiers but can encounter other soldiers that can be rescued, by touching them. If the new soldier survives long enough to reach the exit, they can be added to the soldier inventory. The number of possible soldier in a player's army is over 30 soldiers. There are 50 stages total, divided into rounds of 10. At the end of each round, players encounter an enemy boss.


Gain Ground Windows Not all characters can dispose of the archers populating the higher grounds. Erik is one of the most effective in this regard.
Gain Ground TurboGrafx CD Those guys are hiding behind rocks...
Gain Ground Windows Straight way through enemies
Gain Ground TurboGrafx CD The levels looks more and more complex

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Gain Ground Concept Art
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Alternate Titles

  • "SEGA AGES: Gain Ground" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "SEGA AGES ゲイングランド" -- Japanese Nintendo Switch spelling
  • "Gain Ground SX" -- TurboGrafx title
  • "ゲイングランド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Playing this game 2 player will result in you yelling "COVER ME!!!" or "RETREAT!!!" Genesis DudeOfMonson (118)
You got ground? No? Let's gain some! Genesis Liam Dowds (51)
Gameplay is more important than graphics or story. Genesis Sean Booth (27)

Critic Reviews

Sega-16.com Genesis Dec 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Sega Does Genesis Dec 11, 2018 B+ 83
Press Play On Tape Genesis Sep 08, 2020 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Archives Genesis Jan 06, 2022 16 out of 20 80
Sega Does SEGA Master System Dec 11, 2018 B 75
Retro Archives Arcade Jan 06, 2022 15 out of 20 75
Video Chums Nintendo Switch Apr 07, 2019 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Tilt Genesis Jan, 1991 12 out of 20 60
GameSpot Wii Apr 02, 2007 4.7 out of 10 47
Tilt SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 9 out of 20 45


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