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