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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 Collecting a speed power-up.
Grind Stormer Genesis The bombs destroy everything on the screen and provide a temporary shield.
Grind Stormer Genesis Title screen (Grind Stormer)
Grind Stormer Genesis Playing in the V Five mode.

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Jun, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Power Unlimited Jun, 1994 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) May, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Megablast Sep, 1994 78 out of 100 78
MAN!AC Jul, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Video Games Jun, 1994 65 out of 100 65
Mega Fun May, 1994 61 out of 100 61 Oct 22, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Game Players May, 1994 58 out of 100 58
The Video Game Critic Mar 23, 2003 C- 42


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Sciere (748309) added Grind Stormer (Genesis) on Dec 24, 2007
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