A Horizontal Scrolling Shooter by Telenet Japan for the Sega Genesis, released in 1990.In the year 3000, the Earth has become a toxic dump ravaged by careless humans, leaving an uninhabitable, polluted wasteland. The space pirates Gulfer, led by the evil Queen ZZ Badnusty, plan to harvest the pollution to create weapons of mass destruction. The United Star Cluster of Leezaluth sent a warning to the Earth about their plans, stating that if they could not stop them, they would be forced to supernova Earth's sun to do so themselves; but if they succeeded, Leezaluth would give them a new world to migrate to. Dan Dare (Diaz in the Japanese original), a young pilot from Earth was chosen to be the pilot of a new fighter ship to combat the Gulfer. The ship is armed with a powerful experimental weapon from Leezaluth called the TOZ System, which would be operated by Alexis, the emissary from Leezaluth.Most horizontal shooters require the player's ship to come in contact with a capsule to gain weapons. Gaiares design was different, and featured one of the most original and unique weapon power-up system in the shooters genre to date. The TOZ System device can be fired out like the R-Type capsule, except each time it comes in contact with the enemy, it would inherit and learn that weapon; repeatedly the player can steal from the same enemy until the weapon is maxed-out in strength. In total there are 18 weapons to be captured and the appearance of each weapon varies depending on the strength meter.
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Anticlimax Boss: The final boss, which is the Big Bad piloting a robot and two TOZ systems. She will use them to steal your weapon, but she isn't able to use the stolen weapon very well. If you have the G-Beam powered up at max, it shouldn't take long at all. Even better, if you have one of the game-breaking secret weapons, the boss won't even be able to copy it correctly and be stuck with Vulcan, making it even more of a cakewalk.
Disc One Nuke: The G-Beam can be fully powered up by the first Mini-Boss. Once the three ships connect together, use the TOZ system on it three times to obtain the fully-powered up G-Beam...
The Tektite Blaster (T-Braster) can consistently be obtained even earlier in the same stage, allowing you to easily breeze through the stage. Unfortunately, it has to be reobtained on each stage (as do other Secret Weapons).
Gravity Sucks: The first part of the third stage had black holes which sucked both the player and enemies inside.