Star Force (スターフォース, Sutā Fōsu), released in North
America by Video Ware in the arcades as Mega Force, is a vertically
scrolling shooter released in 1984 by Tehkan.
2.2 Ports and related releases
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In the game, the player pilots a starship called the Final Star, while
shooting various enemies and destroying enemy structures for points.
Unlike later vertical scrolling shooters, like Toaplan's Twin Cobra,
the Final Star had only two levels of weapon power, and no secondary
weapons like missiles and/or bombs. Each stage in the game was named
after a letter of the Greek alphabet. In certain versions of the game,
there is an additional level called "Infinity" (represented by the
infinity symbol) which occurs after Omega, after which the game
NES version, after defeating the Omega target, the player can
see a black screen with Tecmo's logo, announcing the future release of
the sequel Super Star Force. After that, the infinity target becomes
available and the game repeats the same level and boss without
increasing the difficulty.
Super Star Force: Jikūreki no Himitsu, released in 1986 for the
Japanese Nintendo Famicom.
Final Star Force, released for arcades in 1992.
Ports and related releases
Star Force was ported and published in 1985 by
Hudson Soft to both the
MSX home computer and the
Family Computer (Famicom) in Japan. The
North American version for the
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was
published in 1987 by Tecmo. Although the
NES version is the same
Hudson port that had been released for the Famicom in Japan, Temco
made alterations to the graphics, music, and control, and increased
the difficulty of the game. Also, despite the U.S. arcade version
being titled Mega Force,
Tecmo decided to release the
under the original name of Star Force.
Star Force was also ported to the
SG-1000 by Sega,
X68000 by Dempa
Shinbunsha and mobile phones by Tecmo.
In 1995, along with two other
NES shooters, the Famicom version of
Star Force was remade by
Hudson Soft with minimal upgrades for the
Super Famicom as part of the Japan-only release of the Caravan
Shooting Collection. The same version was also included in Hudson's
NES shooters in 2006 in Hudson Best Collection Vol. 5.
The original arcade version was later added to the compilation titled
Tecmo Classic Arcade, which was released for the Xbox. In 2009, the
arcade version was made available for download on the Wii Virtual
Console for 500
Wii Points as one of the four initial offerings for
Virtual Console Arcade" category of the
Wii Shop Channel
Wii Shop Channel (the
other three being Gaplus, Mappy, and
The Tower of Druaga
The Tower of Druaga from Namco).
^ "Hudson - Shooting game [NES] (Archive)". Hudson. Hudson. Retrieved
31 October 2014.
Star Force at the Killer List of Videogames
Star Force at MAWS
Star Force at arcade-history
Mega Force at arcade-history
Star Force fan page at Galaga Manix (Japanese)
Star Force at
Arcade Archives Page (Japanese)
Star Force by
Sega Tenkan (1985) (emulation) at