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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 SEGA Master System Title screen and main menu
Gain Ground SEGA Master System Heavy fire from both sides
Gain Ground SEGA Master System Getting to a castle
Gain Ground SEGA Master System Fighting in another part of the stronghold.

Promo Images

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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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Critic Reviews

Sega Does Dec 11, 2018 B 75
Raze Jun, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Mean Machines Dec, 1990 62 out of 100 62
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1990 6.4 out of 12 53
Tilt Jan, 1991 9 out of 20 45
Power Play Nov, 1990 35 out of 100 35
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1991 32 out of 100 32


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