Thunder Force IV
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|Thunder Force IV|
|Publisher: Tecnosoft, Sega (US)|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Number of players: 1|
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Thunder Force IV (サンダーフォースIV), called Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar in the US, is a 1992 shoot-'em-up by Tecnosoft released for the Sega Mega Drive. It is the fourth game in the Thunder Force series.
Shortly after defeating the ORN Empire in Thunder Force III, the Galaxy Federation comes under attack by survivors of the empire, who have banded together to form a new threat, Vios. Vios turns out to be more powerful than ORN ever was, and the Galaxy Federation must again use a new small craft to destroy their base on the planet Aceria.
Gameplay is almost identical to III: shoots (you have rapidfire), changes speed by 25% while holding the button down constantly adds 1%, changes weapon, and powerups are collected from enemies. Unlike III, however, you are not fixed to the camera motion; holding and will take you higher/lower than the screen limits (as in II).
- Blade: Update of the standard shot. Destructive but big bullets, sometimes too big (see Strite boss)
- Railgun: Update of the rear shot
- Freeway: Small rockets that fire in the opposite direction of the ships movement
- Snake: Bombs that travel along the ground/ceiling
- Hunter: Homing orbs
The first four stages can be played in any order; the order listed here is the default.
Tips and tricks
- The game has at least two score exploit points. The first is at the enemy just before going underwater in Strite. I constantly releases small enemies. The second is in the final stage, Versus. Keep playing until you reach the large cannon, which you normally must destroy to proceed. Power up items and 1UPs will keep respawning forever. Whether this was by design or an oversight is not clear.
- Programmers: Indick Mst, Yotaro, Zako, Chinpui, Kwd & Edger, Fake Dwarf Giva, Godzy, Alpha
- Graphics: Two Socks, Krp, Gaja, Silver Hammer, Ushimatu, Hunter, Booby Master, Tamtam, Guges.D, Unbalance, Pei Crash, No Remorse, Shion
- Music: Funky Surounin, Omen, Yunker Matai
- Voice: Atuko
- Director: My Home Papa
- Producer: Sigotonin
- Main article: Thunder Force IV/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
| Based on|
|Mega Drive, US|
|Mega Drive, EU|
|Mega Drive, AU|
- File:GamePro US 049.pdf, page 68
- File:CVG UK 151.pdf, page 106
- File:ASM DE 1992-10.pdf, page 122
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- File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 108
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- File:HobbyConsolas ES 016.pdf, page 26
- File:Joypad FR 012.pdf, page 54
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- File:Joystick FR 030.pdf, page 172
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- File:Supergame BR 18.pdf, page 12
- File:VideoGames DE 1992-09.pdf, page 50
|Thunder Force games for Sega systems / developed by Sega|
|Thunder Force II (1989) | Thunder Force III (1990) | Thunder Force IV / Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (1992)|
|Thunder Force AC (1990)|
|Thunder Force: Gold Pack 1 (1996) | Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2 (1996) | Thunder Force V (1997)|
|Thunder Force VI (2008)|
|Thunder Force related media|
|Best of Thunder Force (1997) | Thunder Force VI Soundtrack Demo (2008)|