The planet Gradius is under attack from the invading Bacterion Corps. Only one experimental stellar assault weapon is outfitted with enough fire power to take out the Bacterion Corps: The Vic Viper. As the pilot of the Vic Viper, you must pilot it through wave after wave of Bacterion invasion, and reach their leader's base and destroy it, or the citizens of Gradius will be lost.

Gradius is a side-scrolling shooter. Shooting certain enemies will leave a power up pod behind which can be collected to add more power to your ship. Each level features a wide variety of enemies trying to stop you, with a large boss at the end. Gameplay is for one player or two players alternating.

It was the first game to be released in the Gradius series, and the second series in terms of chronology (Scramble is considered the first).

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Game Information

Platform
Arcade
Developer(s)
Konami
Publisher(s)
Nintendo of America, Konami
Genre(s)
Shooter
NA Release Date
December 31, 1985
JP Release Date
May 29, 1985
EUR Release Date
September 1, 1985
MVGL User Score
6.5 by 11 User(s)
MVGL Difficulty Rating
Hard by 2 User(s)
Composer
Konami Kukeiha Club
Added by
13 User(s)

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