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Grind Stormer

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This cartridge combines two different localized flavours of the original arcade game. There are two modes, Grind Stormer and V Five. Both offers the same levels and enemies, but have a different approach to how the player can use power-ups.

In this hectic, top-down, vertically-scrolling shooter where the screen is constantly filled with enemies and bullets, players have a constant, unlimited firing rate, enhanced by power-ups that include missiles, target-seeking bullets, shields, additional speed, extra power and bonus points. In Grind Stormer the ship always moves at a fast speed and the player can collect bombs that damage the entire screen and fend off bullets. The other variant V Five takes a Gradius-approach to power-ups, having the player advance through a selection of power-ups shown on the right by collecting tokens. In the first mode power-ups are immediately applied. In the second mode the ship is much slower and the player needs to decide to spend tokens on speed power-ups right away or save them to advance to seeking bullets or additional power.

The game difficulty, amount of lives and continues can be set in the options. After using a continue, the player immediately receives a "Special" power-up granting four wingmen.


Grind Stormer Genesis Playing in the V Five mode.
Grind Stormer Arcade Player 1 start
Grind Stormer Arcade Ok, wehicle-twins
Grind Stormer Arcade Next level

Alternate Titles

  • "V V" -- Japanese title
  • "ヴイ ファイヴ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Power Unlimited Genesis Jun, 1994 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Genesis May, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis May, 1994 6.8 out of 10 68
MAN!AC Genesis Jul, 1994 67 out of 100 67 Genesis Oct 22, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Game Players Genesis May, 1994 58 out of 100 58
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 23, 2003 C- 42


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