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Gain Ground Gain Ground - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Gain Ground - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Players choose one of three characters, each with their own unique weapons, strengths and weaknesses. On each level, players must kill all the enemies and save the additional characters. Time is a factor in this game and all the characters that do not enter the exit will be lost.

Gain Ground was produced by Sega in 1988.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Gain Ground was produced include: Super League, Bullet, Wonder Boy - Monster Land, Thunder Blade, Super Hang-On, Altered Beast, Galaxy Force, Galaxy Force II, Global Defense, and Hot Rod


Name Gain Ground
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7878
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Sega System 24
# Simultaneous Players 3
# Maximum Players 3
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Main Weapon|Special Weapon
Sound Amplified Either (Mono or Stereo)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Gain Ground Control Panel Image

Game Play

The players move through fields, castles, forests, forts, etc. and try to kill all enemies and save all characters. All saved characters will join your ranks as bonus players.

Gain Ground KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cabinet Information

This game is housed in a fairly large cabinet and the monitor glass describes all the characters found in the game. The control panel has three colors: red, yellow and blue.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Gain Ground Census

There are 14,817 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,868 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 13 known instances of this machine owned by Gain Ground collectors who are active members. Of these, 7 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Gain Ground circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Gain Ground.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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