Gain Ground

a game by Sega
Genres: Action, Shooting Games
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis Sega Master SystemSega Master System
Editor Rating: 6.9/10, based on 5 reviews
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Gain Ground
Gain Ground
Gain Ground
Gain Ground

In the not so distant future, "Gain Ground" is a popular training game designed to prepare players for battle. Participants must make their way through five rounds reflecting different time periods in history, with each round consisting of ten stages. Of course, players are required to wear authentic battle clothing as they engage the Gain Ground androids trying to defeat them.

The goal is not only to survive long enough to reach each stage's exit, but ultimately defeat the five "Superdroids" marking the end of each round. While the game was certainly fun for the participants, something went wrong with the central computer controlling it. The Brain, as it was called, suddenly malfunctioned and shut down the simulation, trapping those still left inside. There was also one small change: the androids were now bent on destroying all of the competitors!

Three fighters have vowed to rescue their comrades and eliminate the Brain: James, Siren and Tonga. All characters have both normal and special weapons, each possessing specific strengths and weaknesses. For instance, some weapons are only effective for reaching high places, low places or certain angles. During the course of the game, you'll be able to rescue 17 different hostages to add to your team.

Each of these characters will offer new weapons (such as fireballs, spears, grenades, etc.) to help you progress through the stages. The five rounds are as follows: the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, the Golden Age, Present Day, and the Near Future. Having trouble with some areas? Bring along a second player for simultaneous action!

You can move your character in 8 different directions; up, down, left, right and the diagonals and you can also attack in those directions too. Each character has 2 attacks, one attack that can be fired in any direction and another attack which may be limited by direction, white arrows at the picture of your character indicate which direction the attack can be used.

Gain Ground is based on Sega's 1989 arcade game of the same name.

Gain Ground features:

  • Based on the arcade hit of the same name
  • Three initial characters to choose from
  • Over a dozen extra characters to recruit
  • Action for one or two players

Game Reviews

Time Marches On...

Sega is adding a Gauntlet style game to their 8 bit Master System library. In Gain Ground you must search through different multi-screen battlefields looking for more powerful weapons while avoiding or shooting the bothersome enemy soldiers who relentlessly come after you. This version of the old arcade game is set in a 3/4 overhead perspective view and allows for two player simultaneous game play. Gain experience points and progress through time as you obtain the newer style weapons.

This little-seen Sega coin-op is getting a second chance on the Sega Genesis. You control a band of raiders in an action game that's got great background graphics, thanks to the Genesis' powerful 16-Bit processor, and game play that vaguely resembles Gauntlet. Collect valuable items and if the enemy gets in your way...blow 'em apart!

Infiltrate The Stronghold!

Your comrades have been captured by a ruthless army, it's your job to rescue them! Take every precaution, and perhaps bring along a friend. Two can play through each of the fifty precarious levels! How good do you think you are? Can you master all 50 levels and take the last level commander? There's only one way to find out!

  • Levels: 5
  • Theme: Action
  • Players: 1-2
  • Difficulty: Hard

A Gauntlet-style game that has a cast of characters journeying through time trying to defeat an onslaught of different creatures trying to obtain total control of the Earth.

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