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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 Genesis Rescuing a comrade
Gain Ground Genesis Boss battle
Gain Ground Genesis Title Screen
Gain Ground Genesis The future levels are tough

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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!!!" DudeOfMonson (118) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
You got ground? No? Let's gain some! Liam Dowds (51) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Gameplay is more important than graphics or story. Sean Booth (27) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

Critic Reviews Dec 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Raze May, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Raze Jun, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Sega Does Dec 11, 2018 B+ 83
Press Play On Tape Sep 08, 2020 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Tilt Jan, 1991 12 out of 20 60
All Game Guide 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1991 49 out of 100 49
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1991 5 out of 12 42
The Video Game Critic Oct 20, 2010 D- 16


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Sean Booth (27) added Gain Ground (Genesis) on Jan 09, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Trypticon (11041), Corn Popper (69005), Rik Hideto (419834), Zovni (10629) and Foxhack (31502)