Thunder Force V

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Thunder Force V
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (28/11 tracks)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥6,800 T-1811G
Sega Saturn
(Special Pack)
¥7,800 T-1812G
Sega Saturn
¥2,800 T-1814G

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Thunder Force V (サンダーフォースV) was, for nearly a decade, the final entry in the Thunder Force series of shoot-'em-up games by Technosoft; it was also the last entry developed by them.

It has become the most expensive Thunder Force game on Sega systems.


It was originally released for the Sega Saturn in 1997, and only in Japan. A port with some changes, Thunder Force V: Perfect System, was released the following year for the PlayStation, which was released also in North America; the localization of this version, created by Working Designs, is notable in that it contains certain changes to gameplay, a staple of Working Designs releases.

As you might expect from a PlayStation/Saturn-era shooter, Thunder Force V grafts 3D graphics onto a 2D gameplay engine.

Sequels and re-releases

The sequel Thunder Force VI borrows many design elements from this game, such as the menu and weaponry.

Production credits

  • Planning & Game Design: OPA
  • Game Main Program: Mirror
  • Library: Pen Knife
  • Enemy Main Program: Godzy
  • Polygon Enemy Program: Pen Knife, Nage Hameeru, Wahrsager, Cyber Yumimint, Noritaloon, Zako, Chinpui, Nincompoop
  • Rendering Enemy Program: Wahrsager
  • Area Guard Program: Godzy, Pen Knife, Nekoon
  • Map Object Program: Wahrsager, Nincompoop, Noritaloon, Nekoon
  • Opening Movie Program: Pen Knife
  • Ending Program: Zako, Takohai Ssu
  • Ranking & Name Entry / Title Program: Zako
  • Option Program: Zany
  • Development Tool: Chinpui, Godzy, Pen Knife
  • My Ship Graphic: OPA, Sanzenten, Quicksilver, Pei Crash
  • My Ship Program & Demo: Zany
  • Polygon Enemy Design: OPA, Pontarou, Sanzenten, Alice De Alince, Quicksilver, Breath, Pei Crash
  • Polygon Enemy Modeling: Wahrsager, Cyber Yumimint, Noritaloon, Alice De Alince, Kusuko
  • Polygon Enemy Texture: Quicksilver, Pontarou
  • Rendering Enemy Graphic: OPA, Onibi, Breath
  • Area Guard Design: Alice De Alince, OPA, Sanzenten, Kukuko
  • Map Design: Pei Crash, Sanzenten, Sokushinbutu, Pontarou, Breath, Nohohon
  • Enemy Setting: Pei Crash, Nage Hameeru, Sokushinbutu, Pontarou
  • Opening Movie: OPA, Sanzenten, Quicksilver
  • Ending: Quicksilver, Nohohon, OPA
  • Option Design: Zany, OPA
  • Character Design: Quicksilver
  • Story: Nohohon, OPA
  • System Design Adviser: Ten Stick
  • Sound & Se: Tsukumohyakutaro, Tek Tek, Tomomi Ootani
  • Manual: Ten Stick, Kusuko
  • Publicity: OPA, Ten Stick, Kusuko
  • Works: Neptune, Ennoshita, Semi, Sake
  • Special Thanks: Tetsuya Umeda, Daishi Sakamoto, Hidekazu Juuni, Hiroyuki Iida, Jun Abe, Jun Katsumi, Kazukiyo Tamakoshi, Keisuke Kimura, Kenichi Oota, Kikuo Komatsu, Makoto Sakuma, Manabu Wakatsuki, Masato Ichinowatari, Naonori Miyata, Satoru Hosono, Shinichi Magome, Shinichirou Kaneko, Shujirou Yamaguchi, Taishi Ootsubo, Takeshi Kusunoki, Tomohiro Inoue, Toshiharu Nagaike, Toshiki Tanaka, Yasuhito Koga, Yukinari Sasaki, & All Players
  • Project Leader: Pen Knife, Chinpui
  • Director: Yunker Matai
  • Producer: Shigotonin
  • Presented by: Technosoft
©1997 Technosoft Co.,Ltd All Rights Reserved.

Magazine articles

Main article: Thunder Force V/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

ThunderForceV Saturn JP Flyer.jpg


SSM JP 19970411 1997-11.pdf

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-11: "1997-11 (1997-04-11)" (1997-03-28)

SSM JP 19970502 1997-14.pdf

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-14: "1997-14 (1997-05-02)" (1997-04-18)

SSM JP 19970516 1997-16.pdf

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-16: "1997-16 (1997-05-16,23)" (1997-05-02)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 More...[1]
60 More...[2]
70 №448, p33
88 More...[3]
91 More...[4]
80 More...[5]
94 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[6]
Sega Saturn
Based on
7 reviews

Saturn, JP
ThunderForce5 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgThunder Force V (サンダーフォースV) Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Saturn, JP (Special Pack)
ThunderForce5 Saturn JP Box Back SpecialPack.jpgThunderForce5 Saturn JP Box Front SpecialPack.jpg
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
ThunderForce5 Saturn JP Box Back Satakore.jpgThunderForce5 Saturn JP Box Front Satakore.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
548,994,432 1997-06-06 CD-ROM (JP) T-1811G, T-1812G V1.002
Sega Saturn
784,980,000 Audio-CD (JP) T-1812G (Disc 2)

Track list

Game disc

1. [data track] ({{{time}}})

2. Attack Point (00:32)

3. Legendary Wings (01:38)

4. Beast Jungle (03:29)

5. Rising Blue Lightning (03:09)

6. Cyber Cave (03:15)

7. Steel Of destiny (02:18)

8. Electric Mind (03:52)

9. Warning 1 (00:08)

10. Warning 2 (00:08)

11. Warning 3 (00:08)

12. Warning 4 (00:08)

13. Warning 5 (00:08)

14. Warning 6 (00:08)

15. Warning 7 (00:08)

16. Deep Purple (02:36)

17. Iron Maiden (02:32)

18. A3 (02:52)

19. Guardian's Knight (03:51)

20. Duel Of Top (03:18)

21. Fatherless Baby (03:08)

22. The Justice Ray Part 2 (04:56)

23. Game Over (00:08)

24. Last Letter (02:23)

25. Please Seal It Up ! (00:47)

26. Count Down To Die (00:22)

27. Record Of Fight (01:02)

28. Tan・Tan・Ta・Ta・Ta・Tan (01:02)

29. Return To Blue Sky (00:55)
Running time: 49:01

Best of Thunder Force

1. Back to the fire (03:19)
From: Thunder Force III

2. Venus fire (04:00)
From: Thunder Force III

3. Truth (04:15)
From: Thunder Force III

4. His behavior inspired us with distrust (03:37)
From: Thunder Force III

5. Fighting Back (03:48)
From: Thunder Force IV

6. Battle ship (04:31)
From: Thunder Force IV

7. Metal squad (04:08)
From: Thunder Force IV

8. Silvery light of the moon (04:38)
From: Thunder Force IV

9. Feel the Groobe of TF II (powered by 68K Remix) (16:02)
From: Thunder Force II

10. Rave to clarcing TF III (King of MAGA DRIVER Remix) (14:49)
From: Thunder Force III

11. Crazy and Hot beat of TF IV (Legend of MD road master Remix) (11:03)
From: Thunder Force IV
Running time: 74:10

Extra content

This game has an extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Folder / File Type Size description
\OMAKE\16M Folder 6,451,592 It contains 7 wallpaper images of truecolor.
\OMAKE\256 Folder 2,465,072 It contains 8 wallpaper images of 256 colors.
\OMAKE\KAISETU.TXT TXT 5,732 Supplementary explanation about this game.
\OMAKE\REPORT.TXT TXT 8,900 Supplementary explanation about this game.
\OMAKE\THANKS.TXT TXT 1,293 Special thanks
README.TXT TXT 84 Copyright
TF5_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 817 About this game.
TF5_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 847 About this game
TF5_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 41 Copyright


Thunder Force games for Sega systems / developed by Sega
Sega Mega Drive
Thunder Force II (1989) | Thunder Force III (1990) | Thunder Force IV / Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (1992)
Thunder Force AC (1990)
Sega Saturn
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 1 (1996) | Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2 (1996) | Thunder Force V (1997)
Sony PlayStation 2
Thunder Force VI (2008)
Nintendo Switch
Sega Ages Thunder Force IV (2018) | Sega Ages Thunder Force AC (TBD)
Thunder Force related media
Best of Thunder Force (1997) | Thunder Force VI Soundtrack Demo (2008)