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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Number of players: 1|
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Gaiares (ガイアレス) is a 1990 shoot-'em-up by Telenet Japan released first for the Sega Mega Drive in the Japan and US, published by Renovation. The US version also came with a poster. It was one of the first games to use 8 Megabit instead of 4 Megabit cartridges, a big portion of that is used for cutscenes. A specific European version was planned by Ubisoft but it did not materialise. Thereafter, the Japanese version has been officially distributed in small number (japanese shell and box with manual translated in many languages).
During development it was known as Aztion (アズシオン).
In the year 3000, humans have polluted Earth to such an extent that Gulfer, a group of space pirates, plan to use the pollution to fuel weapons of mass destruction. The United Star Cluster of Leezaluth feel the only way to stop this from happening is to blow the Sun up, but allows the humans one chance to save themselves: by sending Dan Dare (Diaz in Japan) in a special ship to stop Gulfer.
Aiding Dan in a special sub-ship is the TOZ System, run by Leezaluth emissary Alexis, which can steal powers from the space pirates's own ships. Should you succeed, Leezaluth will give the humans a new planet to inhabit.
changes movement speed. shoots. sends Alexis out straight ahead to take the weapon of the nearest enemy. You can keep taking the same type of weapon, which will increase that weapon's strength, until the type has been maxed out. Furthermore small capsules can be picked up to wipe out all enemies on screen or to install a shield that can absorb multiple enemy hits.
Some stages feature branching paths that can be selected by flying high or low on the screen.
- Game Design: M.Yamamoto, K.Yokota
- Character Design: T.Iwata, K.Yokota
- Graphic Design: K.Yokota, T.Iwata, Y.Kuzumoto
- Program: M.Yamamoto
- Sound: S.Ogawa (Business Support Co., Ltd.)
- Special Thanks: K.Fukushima, Y.Fukushima, J.Fukushima, T.Fukushima, Y.Abe, T.Kinoshita, E.Kikuchi, T.Miura, T.Matsuzawa, A.Suzuki, Y.Shimizu, K.Ohta, Y.Yamauchi, T.Umezu
- Source: In-game credits
- Main article: Gaiares/Magazine articles.
- Main article: Gaiares/Promotional material.
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- GamePro, "March 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 78
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 18
- Sega Force, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 10
- File:Mdfan_JP_1990-08.pdf, page 79
- Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 34 (36)
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 84 (86)
- GamePro, "March 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 62 (78)
- Joystick, "Mars 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 124
- Joystick, "Mars 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 40-43 (40)
- Player One, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 60/61 (60)