Gradius is a 1984 Arcade, Horizontally-Scroll, Single-player, and Shoot ‘em up video game developed and published by Konami. It is the first entry in the series of Gradius and lets the player drive a spacecraft named Vic Viper and go on a journey to protect himself and his homeland. According to the story, the galaxy is invaded by different alien factions who try to dominate the entire universe by destroying the planet by planet, and their next target is the homeland of the player.
The player controls a hero who must save the earth from damage by the aliens. During the gameplay, he can drive a spacecraft equipped with dual weapons and can use it to attack enemies. Explore the space environment, earn experience points by defeating foes, and buy upgrades and weapons.
The game becomes more difficult as the player progress. He has to complete each level and face boss combat to complete a stage and unlock further. To make the ship more powerful, the player has to collect power-ups during the battle and use them against enemies. With detailed graphics, addictive gameplay, and superb sounds, Gradius is the best game to play and enjoy.
Ikaruga is a Single-player and Multiplayer Shoot-em-up video game developed by Treasure and published by Sega. The player can take on the role of a pilot of the Ikaruga in a fictional world full of powerful enemy creatures. The game features up to five stages and three difficulties of levels. Before starting the game, the player has to choose his plane and get into the game world where he avoids all the obstacles and dangerous hazards using his pilot skills to progress.
In this game, the player aims to move his fighter in any direction and eliminate all enemy fighters and units to earn points. During the gameplay, the player can collect all power-ups and weapons to help him in defeating the enemies and complete the levels. After receiving enough points, it allows the player to unlock more locations and fighters, which makes the game more enjoyable.
The game includes core features such as bounces, different modes, various locations, power-ups, and multiple fighters. With addictive gameplay, a well-written storyline, simple controls, and beautiful visual details, Ikaruga is an excellent vertically scrolling shoot-em-up video game to play and enjoy.