Burning Force

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Burning Force
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Namco
Original system(s): Namco System II
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥5,800 T-14023
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-14026
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99[1] 1029
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1029
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1029
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1029
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?

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Burning Force (バーニングフォース) is a 1989 shoot-'em-up by Namco originally released in the arcades in Japan before seeing a Sega Mega Drive port released internationally the same year. You play as Hiromi Tengenji, a graduate of Earth University, (an ensign in the United Galaxy Space Force, UGSF, in the Japanese version) who must pass a six-day final examination of fighting enemies over water to become a Space Fighter Pilot. She pilots a futuristic hover bike which can transform into a small fighter craft.


The game takes a Space Harrier perspective but is much more limited in terms of control. Each day is divided into four areas. Areas 1 and 2 are normal shooting areas where you are on a waterbike on which you may only move left or right. Holding Up speeds up, holding Down slows down, letting go goes back to normal speed. A shoots your normal weapon, which may be upgraded as in a typical shoot-'em-up. B shoots missiles which you have a limited supply of.

Area 3 is a boss area which substitutes the waterbike for a ship that has the same controls, but can fly around the screen a la Space Harrier (so use Up/Down to move around instead of changing speed). The cutscene that transitions you from the waterbike to the ship shows you the boss's weak points. Area 4 is a bonus round in the ship where the goal is to collect as many points/powerups as possible.

Production credits

  • Game Program: Ogawann
  • Sub Program: Kobakun
  • Sound Program: Kwaeru
  • Story by: Makotomas
  • Charactor Designers: Kuma, 7852
  • Sound Designers: Noririn
  • Constructive Manager: Koh
  • Total Coordinate: Gen
  • Special Thanks: Big Gan, Kero, Udauda
  • Directed by: Makotomas

Magazine articles

Main article: Burning Force/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

FinalBlaster PCE BurningForce MD JP PrintAdvert.jpg

JP print advert

BurningForce MD US Flyer.pdf

US flyer

GamePro US 018.pdf

Print advert in GamePro (US) #18: "January 1991" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 [3]
75 [4]
68 [5]
59 [6]
76 [7]
63 №114, [1]
50 №1990-20_21, p17
75 №8, p72
71 [8]
71 №11, p119
38 №5, p90
41 №17, p65
76 [9]
62 [10]
77 [11]
60 [12]
40 №27, p36/37
28 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Burningforce md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
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BurningForce MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
BurningForce MD JP Box.jpg
BurningForce MD JP CartTop.jpg
BurningForce MD JP Cart.jpg
Burningforce md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, BR
BurningForce MD BR Box.jpg
BurningForce MD BR Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, SE (rental)
BurningForce MD SE Box Rental.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 bdc8f02c
MD5 da536d20ac0f0e3a62d9709078690032
SHA-1 28fcb1c9b5c72255443ab5bb950a52030baaf409
512kB 1990-10 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 776ff6ff
MD5 623b2c54f05869ffb3aac936f4a4182a
SHA-1 a25930ee55a2d88838e3999fb5939d9392fd0efa
512kB 1990-10 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0c1deb47
MD5 62e665f85281a33fb17cecd27674684a
SHA-1 8849253262f545fbaf6140bfa5ca67a3caac9a80
512kB 1990-10 Cartridge (JP)


Burning Force
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