Join our Discord to chat with fellow friendly gamers and our knowledgeable contributors!

atari mania


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 Windows Flying near the Washington Monument
Independence Day Windows An overhead shot of your jet after your first victory
Independence Day Windows Succeeding in destroying the main cannon after taking out the shield generators
Independence Day Windows Another one down!

Promo Images

Independence Day Magazine Advertisement
Independence Day Magazine Advertisement Part 2
Independence Day Magazine Advertisement Part 1

Alternate Titles

  • "天煞:地球反击战" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Independence Day: The Game" -- European title
  • "Independence Day - maailmojen sota" -- Finnish title
  • "ID4" -- Abbreviated title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Generic and forgetable. Windows Zovni (10627)

Critic Reviews

PC Jeux Windows Aug, 1997 73 out of 100 73
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn May, 1997 72 out of 100 72
PC Joker Windows May, 1997 58 out of 100 58
GameSpot PlayStation Mar 25, 1997 5.5 out of 10 55
Video Games PlayStation Aug, 1997 50 out of 100 50
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 04, 2004 C 50
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jun, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Just Games Retro Windows Jul 04, 2011 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Electric Playground PlayStation Mar 22, 1997 2.5 out of 10 25
IGN PlayStation Apr 23, 1997 2 out of 10 20


There are currently no topics for this game.



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

Related Web Sites

Contributed to by [BR]Gladiator (12), skl (1128) and Grant McLellan (622)
atari 50th