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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 SEGA Saturn Visual HUD after link
Independence Day Windows One of the powerups freezes the aliens for 15 seconds
Independence Day Windows As you collect new planes, you can pick one before the mission starts.
Independence Day Windows Footage from the movie that shows the jet squadron's approach to the big ship

Alternate Titles

  • "天煞:地球反击战" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)
  • "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 (9316)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation Apr, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Apr 30, 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Jeux Windows Aug, 1997 73 out of 100 73
PC Joker Windows May, 1997 58 out of 100 58
GameSpot PlayStation Mar 25, 1997 5.5 out of 10 55
Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 48 out of 100 48
Just Games Retro Windows Jul 04, 2011 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jun, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Génération 4 Windows Sep, 1997 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17


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The game in Windows version comes with the making of Independence Day, the movie.

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