is the fourth arcade
installment in a series of scrolling shooter video games
developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
. It was preceded by Gradius III
, released in 1989
, although other non-numbered spinoffs had been released such as Gradius Gaiden
. This title brings a considerable graphical upgrade, particularly with the use of colored lighting. In addition, there have been several additions and removals to the vaulted weapons system; specifically, the edit mode has been removed and an online ranking system was added.
The core gameplay of Gradius IV
remains relatively unchanged. However, several changes were made on the weapons system in the transition from Gradius III
. First of all, the edit mode has been completely eliminated, as are the "Snake Option" (s.option), the "Reduce" shield type, and the seventh powerup category. The seventh powerup category was the one that was labeled "!" and would produce detrimental results, such as reducing the speed or eliminating the weapons of the ship.
In this game there are a total of six configurations, the first four of which are migrated from Gradius II
. There two new configurations are as follows:Configuration 5
: The missile mode is a vertical mine that is released above and below the ship. After a short delay, the mines explode, yielding a large explosion. The double mode is the standard 45-degree angle split. The laser mode is a thin armor piercing
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