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Independence Day

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This arcade game is based loosely on the 1996 blockbuster movie "Independence Day." Interspersed with cutscenes lifted from the film, the game consists of flying a jet through various missions in order to take down the gargantuan, city-destroying spaceships. This entails flying around the 3D level and taking out targets such as: communication uplinks, shield generators, the occasional alien fighter craft, and ultimately bringing down the major alien ship via a strike on its main cannon. Powerups are plentiful, such as medical packs that heal your jetcraft, bonus weapons, bonus planes, and an item that freezes enemy planes for a brief time.

Mission settings include the Grand Canyon, Washington D.C., and New York City. There are other missions that are provided on a need-to-know basis (as stated in the manual). The game also features 2-player head-to-head action via a network or null modem link.


Independence Day PlayStation Load screen.
Independence Day SEGA Saturn Taking down generators - ducking into canyon
Independence Day SEGA Saturn Game options
Independence Day SEGA Saturn Remaining turret firing on us

Alternate Titles

  • "Independence Day: The Game" -- European title
  • "Independence Day - maailmojen sota" -- Finnish title
  • "ID4" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

Generic and forgetable. Windows Zovni (9384)

The Press Says

PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May, 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Jeux Windows Aug, 1997 73 out of 100 73
GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Apr, 1997 3.5 out of 5 70
Freak PlayStation Apr, 1997 60 out of 100 60
NowGamer PlayStation Jul 01, 1997 4.7 out of 10 47
Just Games Retro Windows Jul 04, 2011 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Edge SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 3 out of 10 30
Electric Playground PlayStation Mar 22, 1997 2.5 out of 10 25
IGN PlayStation Apr 23, 1997 2 out of 10 20
Génération 4 Windows Sep, 1997 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17


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In each city or area, there is always a secret level that takes you to a place where you can gain extra life and new planes. They are hard to find and you usually run into them accidentally. If you look for them hard enough you'll find them. They are kind of like little time warps. The stuff in them with help you better off in the game.

The game in PC format also comes with the making of Independence Day, the movie.

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