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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 Windows High score initial entry
Independence Day Windows Area 51 mission.  Stop the destroyer before it destroys your HQ.
Independence Day Windows Flying near the Washington Monument

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 (9321)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May, 1997 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Apr, 1997 3.5 out of 5 70
PC Joker Windows May, 1997 58 out of 100 58
Video Games SEGA Saturn Aug, 1997 50 out of 100 50
Video Games PlayStation Aug, 1997 50 out of 100 50
Power Play Windows Apr, 1997 48 out of 100 48
Just Games Retro Windows Jul 04, 2011 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Apr 02, 1997 4 out of 10 40
Edge SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 3 out of 10 30
IGN PlayStation Apr 23, 1997 2 out of 10 20


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

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