Darius Gaiden

  • Developer: Acclaim
  • Genre: Shooter
  • Originally on: Saturn (1995)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Game Overview

Known as the multiscreen Darius 3 in the arcade, Darius Gaiden gives Saturn owners the opportunity to battle through a total of seven stages and 28 sub-zones.

A mechanical fish armada that is en route back to its homeworld has invaded your galaxy and is starting to eliminate all of your civilization that lies in its path.

As one of the most intenseshooters out for the Saturn now, Darius Gaiden has two modes of play. It can be played alone or in the easier Two-player Simultaneous Mode. The latter allows you and a friend to team up against the aquatic invaders with more than enough firepower to blow away any of the oncoming enemies.

The game has a classic side-view orientation like R-Type and Gradius, but more importantly, it also has the accurate and precise control more fitting to the next-generation system it is on.

This title features custom-built controls and three different levels of difficulty that are as challenging as the arcade. An interesting item not found very often is the way this game allows you to choose the order in which you want to attack the stages. You can do it your way since there is no need to start out at the beginning level and fight to the end just to repeat it all over again in the next stage. After beating the introductory round, you can choose your 'next round from one of the two next two stages. This allows you to experiment with the different paths to winning the game, therefore totally customizing your experience while adding variety and eliminating boredom.

Besides the constant barrage of original enemies and the highly imaginative Bosses, not much of the playing style can be described that hasn't already been done in earlier shooters. Play is fun but it remains unimaginative. This game doesn't rewrite the book on side-scrollers. As soon as the novelty of the power-ups wears off, the only thing left to hold a player's attention for any length of time is the one-of-a-kind enemies and their leaders who do liven up every stage of the game.

With the resurgence of shooters, Darius Gaiden is a fun and challenging disc that is loaded with great eye candy, but be warned that there isn't too much new to really set this one apart from the rest.


When you destroy an enemy who is colored slightly different from the rest, a power-up that matches the ship's previous color will appear. After grabbing these power-ups, add them to your supply. When the proper predetermined amount has been gathered, you advance up a sub-level that will in turn give you a visible increase in power. These power-ups can come in the shape of shields, air-shots and bombs.

As with all shooters, powering-up your ship is the way to make yourself a more formidable foe in the face of the enemy. Look for slight color changes and grab everything you can!

People say:


This shooter is not too bad. It has an 'arcade' feel to it. The graphics are nice, though the Techno Soft wave effect is a bit overused. The gameplay is fast, and I couldn't find any slowdown at all. I like the power-up system, but no matter what, it seemed like my shots bounced off even the weakest enemies. Simple drones take about 10 shots. There's no time for error. Still, if you like shooters, this is one of the most intense ones out there. Darius is not for the faint of heart.


Not just another shooter, Darius Gaiden features some of the most unusual-looking graphics ever seen, especially the backgrounds. The control is good, but even when playing in the Two-player Mode the enemies became very difficult to beat. An average player will be looking for a level select to make it past the six or seven levels. The music score is unlike anything I've heard before in a game of this type. It's almost soothing. A solid game that will not be beaten in one sitting.


If you like shooters, this game is for you. Although it doesn't totally show off the power of the Saturn, Darius Gaiden has some clean graphics, cool music and virtually no slowdown. The transition between backgrounds on the fly is cool, but the best part of Darius is the Bosses. They are some of the coolest-looking enemies I have seen in a long time. The only drawback is that it tends to become nearly impossible at times. If you own a Saturn, check out this hyper-intense game.


This water-based shooter built up a lot of anticipation for its release. Darius Gaiden proves that it is worthy of the loyal following by suppling players with shockingly detailed graphics and game-play capable of challenging even the most seasoned players. Control is smooth and puts the most important feature of any shooter into the hands of players. A constant screenful of enemies and various ranges of power-up levels accent this already enjoyable title.

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Darius Gaiden supports single modeSingle game mode

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