Thunder Force V

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Thunder Force V
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Technosoft
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (28/11 tracks)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥6,800 (7,140)6,800e[3] T-1811G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
(Special Pack)
¥7,800 (8,190)7,800e[4] T-1812G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
¥2,8002,800 T-1814G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Non-Sega versions

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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.



There are two types: Select mode to switch weapons, and Direct mode in which a button is assigned to each weapon. Each button layout can be changed.

Select mode

Move list
Name Command Description
Shot B
Arms change [L] C Switch weapons in the order Twin, Back, Wave, Free range, Hunter
Arms change [R] none Switch weapons in the order Twin, Hunter, Free range, Wave, Back
Over weapon A Shots an enhanced version of the currently weapon. The craw's durability is reduced during firing, and when the durability is at a minimum, it cannot be fired.
Ship speed Y Change the speed. It changes by 25% each time you push it, and you can make fine adjustments by 1% by holding.
Window disp L Switch the display / hide of the menu at the top of the screen.

Direct mode

Move list
Name Command Description
Twin A
Back B
Wave C
Free range X
Hunter Y
Over weapon R Same as Select mode.
Ship speed Z Same as Select mode.
Window disp L Same as Select mode.


  • Twin (Blade): Standard equipment, Twin shots forward. After changing own ship, it is strengthened by a blade-like forward shot.
  • Back (Rail gun): Standard equipment, Single shot forward, twin shots backward. After changing own ship, it is strengthened by a rear laser.
  • Wave: Widely attacks the front. Its power is weak, but it can attack through background.
  • Free range: A green laser that displays a quadrangular pyramid-like range and automatically attacks the target when a destructible object enters it. The range can be rotated 360 degrees, and the direction is fixed with the shot button.
  • Hunter: Homing orbs


The first three stages can be played in any order; the order listed here is the default.

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Stage 1: No Blue

The old town that was submerged after the first battle with the Guardian.

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Stage 1 Boss: Deep Purple

I saw the messenger of the new god there.

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Stage 2: Wood

The forest zone where the Guardian experimented on living creatures.

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Stage 2 Boss: Iron Maiden

She was dead, but alive at the same time.

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Stage 3: Human Road

The multi-level city that is being newly developed.

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Stage 3 Boss: A3 (Armament Armed Arm)

It died three times and was reborn twice.

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Stage 4: Guardian's Guardian

The large, uninhabited artificial island of Babel, the research and development facility for Vasteel Technology.

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Stage 4 Boss: Gurdian's Knight

For whom is the sword drawn?

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Stage 5: Judgement Sword
From this stage, own ship is strengthened. It starts RBR-02B "BRIGANDINE" equipped with a support enhancement unit, and after taking an amount of damage, changes to RVR-02 "VAMBRACE".

Above the earth.

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Stage 5 Boss: Vasteel Original

That was when it all began.

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Stage 6: From The Bottom of One's Heart

The giant battleship Judgement Sword and the interior of the Guardian, the autonomous artificial intelligence.

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Stage 6 Boss: Unknown

The end is now here.

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Last Boss: Unknown
You can see the true ending by defeating it within the time limit.



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.
In-game credits (JP)
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Magazine articles

Main article: Thunder Force V/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Flyer (1)
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Flyer (2)
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-11: "1997-11 (1997-04-11)" (1997-03-28)
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-14: "1997-14 (1997-05-02)" (1997-04-18)
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-16: "1997-16 (1997-05-16,23)" (1997-05-02)

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