Burning Force

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Burning Force
Arcade flyer of Burning Force.
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Designer(s) Takinoue
Composer(s) Yoshinori Kawamoto
Platform(s) Arcade, Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Release date(s) Arcade Mega Drive
  • JP October 19, 1990
Virtual Console
  • JP July 14, 2009
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system Namco System 2
Display Horizontal orientation, Raster, 288 x 224 resolution

Burning Force (バーニングフォース) is a shoot 'em up arcade game that was originally released by Namco in 1989 only in Japan. It runs on Namco System 2 hardware.

Plot[edit]

The player controls a 21-year old cadet named Hiromi Tengenji, who as part of her final training she battles high-tech enemies on a futuristic air bike called Signduck.

Gameplay[edit]

Screenshot of the arcade version

The gameplay is similar to that of Space Harrier, though the levels are divided in four sections and there is no vertical mobility making the game different in its own right. In the first two sections the player controls Hiromi on the scooter, which can move to the left and right, as well as braking and accelerating. The scooter can also shoot the standard bullets and missiles. The third section is a boss level, and the vehicle is in this case a flying ship which can move in all directions. The fourth section is a bonus stage, and the player has to collect as many numbered balls as possible for bonus points.

Release[edit]

The game was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) in 1990, including in the United States. There is also a Virtual Console version released in 2009.

Namco Game Sound Express VOL.02 Burning Force, published by Victor Entertainment on February 7, 1990 contains original soundtrack from Burning Force with compositions by Yoshinori Kawamoto.[1]

Reception[edit]

Legacy[edit]

Hiromi Tengenji is a playable character in the Japan-only SRPG Namco X Capcom where she is partnered with Toby "Kissy" Masuyo, the main character of the Baraduke series.

Hiromi also makes an appearance in ShiftyLook's Namco dating sim, Namco High, as one of 18 dateable characters.

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