Burning Force

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Burning Force
Burning force arcadeflyer.png
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Designer(s) Takinoue[1]
Composer(s) Yoshinori Kawamoto
Platform(s) Arcade, Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Release date(s) Arcade
  • JP November 1989
Mega Drive
  • JP October 19, 1990
Virtual Console
  • JP July 14, 2009
Genre(s) 3D shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system Namco System 2
CPU 2x Motorola 68000 @ 12.288 MHz,
1x Motorola M6809 @ 3.072 MHz,
1x Hitachi HD63705 @ 2.048 MHz
Sound 1x Yamaha YM2151 @ 3.57958 MHz,
1x C140 @ 21.39 kHz
Display Horizontal orientation, Raster, 288 x 224 resolution

Burning Force (バーニングフォース Bāningu Fōsu?) is a 3D shooter arcade game, which was released by Namco in 1989 only in Japan; it runs on Namco System 2 hardware and was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1990. It was also later rereleased on the Wii Virtual Console on July 14, 2009 - and the player controls a 21-year-old space cadet named Hiromi Tengenji (天元時ひろみ Tengenji Hiromi?) (born 1968), who as part of her final training must battle high-tech enemies through five worlds of four areas, on a futuristic airbike named "Signduck" (although its name is never mentioned in the game).

Gameplay[edit]

Screenshot of the arcade version

The gameplay is similar to that of Sega's Space Harrier (which was released four years earlier and the first game from that company to use a Yamaha YM2203), but the worlds are divided into four areas 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 airbike, which can move to the left and right, as well as braking and accelerating - and the airbike can also fire bullets and missiles at the enemies. The third area of every world is a boss area and the airbike will be transformed into a flying ship which can move in all directions; the fourth area of each world, however, is a bonus stage and the player has to collect as many spheres (which have numbers on them) as possible for bonus points.

Soundtrack[edit]

Namco Game Sound Express Vol. 02 - Burning Force, published by Victor Entertainment on February 7, 1990, contains the original soundtrack from Burning Force with compositions by Yoshinori Kawamoto.[2]

Legacy[edit]

Hiromi Tengenji went on to reappear in an advertisement on an airship in Mach Breakers (along with Pac-Man, Prince Gil and Princess Ki from The Tower of Druaga, Wonder Momo, Valkyrie from Valkyrie no Densetsu, and Pitto and Patti from Tinkle Pit); she also appeared in the Namco System 12-era World Stadium games as the Nikotama Gals' defensive half. She was also 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 games - and she also made an appearance in ShiftyLook's Namco dating sim, Namco High, as one of eighteen dateable characters.

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