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Overview

Burning Force is a pseudo-3D shoot-em-up developed by Namco and released in Arcades in 1989 and later ported to the Sega Genesis in 1990 in Japan, Europe and the United States. The game was released for Virtual Console in 2009. The game stars Hiromi Tengenji, a 21 year old spade-cadet who is going for her final exam at Earth Space Academy. Hiromi later appeared in the game Namco x Capcom alongside  Toby Masuyo from Baraduke.

Gameplay

Gameplay in Burning Force 
Burning Force takes place across 6 levels or 'days', with each day being split up into 4 stages. The first two stages put the player into a hoverbike, which can move vertically and speed up or down. Unlike other shmups, simply colliding with the enemy does not destroy the player's ship, but knocks them back, leaving them more vulnerable to enemy fire. At the end of the second stage, the player moves into a dropship and receives an upgrade to their bike which allows flight, as well as being briefed on the boss in the next stage, being shown the boss' weakpoints. The third stage allows the player to move around the screen freely, similar to Space Harrier. At the end of the stage, they fight a boss. The fourth stage is a bonus round, where the player can fly through floating balls to collect additional points which is a good place to collect 1UPs. In the final day, the game moves into a space-shooter, giving the player access to flight across all 4 stages. 
 
In the arcade version, credits are used for continues, rather than lives. Upon getting a Game Over, the player can choose to start at any previous level they have completed. There is also a service option where the player can choose to start at any day, up to day five.
 

Powerups

Lasers: 
  • L Laser
  • W Wide-Shot
  • CL Cross Laser

Missiles: 
  • H Homing Missiles
  • MM Max Missile

Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Burning Force was composed by Yoshinori Kawamoto. It was released in Japan by Victor Musical Industries in 1990. In 2010, it was released on iTunes as part of the 'Namco Sounds' series and is available here.

Namco Game Sound Express VOL.02 Burning Force

Namco Game Sound Express VOL.02 Burning Force  

Released: February 7th, 1990  
Total length: 25:52

  1. Taking Off
  2. Bay Yard (1st Day)
  3. Sarinuka Sands (2nd Day)
  4. Aero Space (3rd Day)
  5. Boss II
  6. Bonus Stage
  7. Grass Land (4th Day)
  8. Another World I (5th Day)
  9. Another World II (5th Day)
  10. Boss I
  11. Continue
  12. Lunar Spaceport (Final Day)
  13. Graduation
  14. Closing Theme
  15. Winners
  16. Sound Effect

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