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Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (Genesis)

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Description

The Galaxy Federation has defeated the forces of the Orn Empire. But the former allies of Orn have united into a single powerful army known as Vios. The Galaxy Federation attacks their headquarters on the planet Aceria, but loses the battle. They then develop a new fighter spacecraft, the FIRE LEO-04 Rynex, and send a trained pilot to neutralize the Vios.

Quest for the Darkstar (Thunder Force IV in Japan and Europe) is, like its predecessor, a side-scrolling shoot-em-up. The gameplay system is similar to that of the previous game, upgradeable default weapons as well as additional ones that can be collected throughout the stages. Unlike the previous games, the player can choose between four different initial stages. It is possible to control the game's speed by tapping or pressing a correspondent button. Another new addition is a powerful Thunder Sword weapon, which the player acquires halfway through the game.

Screenshots

Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar Genesis Title screen (US version)
Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar Genesis Selecting the missions
Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar Genesis A mysteriously looking level
Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar Genesis Desert level

Alternate Titles

  • "Thunder Force IV" -- European/Japanese title
  • "サンダーフォースⅣ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Fantastic Genesis SHMUP - get it! Lucas Schippers (59) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
More than a side-scrolling shooter none 1974 (11) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fantastic Shooter. Majestic Lizard (655) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

HonestGamers Mar 19, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Retrogaming.it Apr 28, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Sega-16.com Jun 16, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Jan, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Joypad Sep, 1992 97 out of 100 97
GameFan Magazine Oct, 1992 96.5 out of 100 96
Hobby Consolas Jan, 1993 95 out of 100 95
HonestGamers Sep 24, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers Aug 01, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
The Video Game Critic Oct 30, 1999 B 75

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Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Genesis Game in 1992

Satoshi Kunsai (1816) added Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (Genesis) on Jun 07, 2002