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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 Example generators which are targets
Independence Day SEGA Saturn Firing.... FOX 2! - It takes several for a generator
Independence Day SEGA Saturn Direct cuts from movie
Independence Day SEGA Saturn Gaining target lock on enemy fighter

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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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Mega Fun May, 1997 72 out of 100 72
GamePro (US) Apr, 1997 3.5 out of 5 70
Video Games Aug, 1997 50 out of 100 50
Electric Playground Apr 02, 1997 4 out of 10 40
Edge Jun, 1997 3 out of 10 30


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

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skl (1141) added Independence Day (SEGA Saturn) on Mar 10, 2004
Other platforms contributed by [BR]Gladiator (12) and Grant McLellan (622)