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Average Player Score Based on 550 ratings
7.9
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Score Breakdown Based on 550 ratings
  1. 10 (72)
  2. 9 (160)
  3. 8 (214)
  4. 7 (57)
  5. 6 (16)
  6. 5 (9)
  7. 4 (3)
  8. 3 (2)
  9. 2 (3)
  10. 1 (14)

Most Helpful Positive Player Reviews

  • Review Score:8.2

    A great port of a great game.

    The Gradius series is my favorite series of space shooters. Its original with its customization and sideways shooting. This is a perfect port of the first in the series. It has all you want and need with simple controls ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful

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  • Review Score:8.8

    The Quintessential Shooter

    Growing up in the early console days allowed me to experience many of the great shooters that were so popular back then. After all, this was the perfect genre for the 16-bit hardware of the time and so companies were pu... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8.5

    The shooter that defined, if not invented, a genre

    Chances are you have heard of Gradius. You may not know the ins and outs of the games, but odds are you know that -- a) It's a side-scrolling shooter and b) it's a classic. Gradius is, indeed, a classic, and played a big... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8.2

    A great port of a great game.

    The Gradius series is my favorite series of space shooters. Its original with its customization and sideways shooting. This is a perfect port of the first in the series. It has all you want and need with simple controls ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7.5

    Painfully hard. Amazingly addictive.

    Gradius is a side-scolling space shooter. The gameplay is simple - shoot the enemies and dodge their bullets. Gradius has a simple upgrade system - you can choose from a speed powerup, double shot, missiles, laser, an ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9

    Gradius will get you high on adrenaline within seconds and successive highs will only last longer and longer...

    Playing Gradius is like having an infinite supply of micro adrenaline doses that you can pop anytime and just dig the ephemeral high as often as you like. Sometimes the high is really short-lived as your space ship gets... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6.4

    Meh, it's ok.

    After seeing the review here, I downloaded Gradius. It seemed like an ok game, but there was a humongous problem with it. Now maybe this is just me(and it probably is), but this game is just way too difficult for its own... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8

    The first shooter that got me into the genre. (Actual: 7.75/10.0)

    As far as shooters goes, this has to be one of the best of its time. It containted an absolutely unique idea: customization. As you progress through the game, you get upgrade points. You could use these to power-up your ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful