GRIND Stormer

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Genres: Action, Shooting Games
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 6.9/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Rail Shooter
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Manufacturer: Tengen/by Sega

The Ultimate Blast-Fest!

Grind Stormer took the arcades by storm. Now, it's going to blow you away on your Genesis!

Fly a powerful spaceship against endless waves of alien tanks and ships. Blast everything in sight as you battle your way through action-packed levels of ever more deadly enemies.

This arcade smash hit features incredible multi-layer scrolling backgrounds, spectacular graphics, animation and sounds. In other words, it's a mind-blowing adrenaline rush of totally addicting fun!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Tengen
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Genre: shooter
  • Players: 1

Shooters? Yeah, I think I remember those. They were all the rage a few years back, when Gradius and Thunder Force really pushed 16-bit sales. Can Grindstormer bring the near-dead genre back from the brink? Nope.

Grindstormer should come in a plain white box with "shooter" stamped on it. It has no originality, no new twists - nothing you didn't see years ago. You simply fly toward the top of the screen while firing missiles and dropping bombs on everything in sight. The storyline isn't even original: As the last surviving pilot in your fleet, scientists give you the Grindstormer, an experimental new ship, to fight an invading alien armada. That story's so old, it's gotta be public domain by now.

On the other hand, Tengen must have realized that Grindstormer isn't the type of game that's really hot these days. It's only $40 or so - pretty cheap compared to most new games. Lonesome shooter fans can get their hands on something for their itchy trigger fingers while still saving up for the next good game. So look at Grindstormer as a nice treat for gamers who still enjoy zapping space ships.

  • Manufacturer: Tengen
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Theme: Shooter
  • No. of Levels: 6
  • Release: May 1994

People say:


This reminds me of the Golden Age of the Genesis shooters. This game would easily be the cream of the crop a few years back, and by today's standards, rates right up there. Unlike a lot of shooters, this one gives you a constant challenge from beginning to end. The graphics are top-notch, with power-ups that are really helpful. The sound of your shots is extremely annoying, but it's a minor flaw.


Shooters are pretty rare these days so it's nice to be able to review one. Grind Stormer doesn't offer anything new in terms of weaponry or enemies, but the game does offer a challenge with its fast-paced game play and hard difficulty. The music and sound effects get old really quick and the game flickers a lot when the screen is filled with enemies. At best, Grind Stormer is above average.


It's too bad that this game didn't come out a few years back. This is the type of shooter that would have won shooter of the yaer, but the problem is that there are too many weapons that we all have seen already, like a wide weapon attack and a homing weapon. Yes, they are cool and powerful weapons to have, but are not anywhere near original. Aside from this, it's a good shooter that can stand on its own merit.


Here is a good shooter that has all the standard types on weapons and power-ups, but doesn't really have any new gimmicks to catch your eye. This is not to say that the game isn't good. As a shooter, the graphics are very good and it plays as well as any other. Any shooter fan would be glad to add this to their collection. I hope shooters start to make a comeback among all these fighting carts.

  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: April 1994
  • No. of Levels: 6
  • Theme: Shooter

Blast your way through never-ending waves of the nastiest aliens in this super arcade smash hit! Choose the best weapon for the job. Stunning backgrounds, hordes of unearthly creatures and one simple mission - kill or be killed!

The game features over 65 stereo sounds, milti-layer scrolling backgrounds and an almost endless stream of alien tanks, space ships and other enemies. Blast everything is sight, but use your bombs wisely as you only have a limited number. Fight your way through levels of increasingly more powerful foes.

Warm up your thumbs, jet jockeys, a hot new shooter is rocketing across the galaxy. While not as technologically innovative as Star Fox or other top space marauders, Grindstormer is still a colorful, fun, thumb-bustin' good time.

ProTip: These extra side pods are invulnerable, so just concentrate on keeping your main ship out of harm's way.


It's just another day in the Milky Way. As the last surviving pilot of the Terran Defense Force, the fate of the Earth depends on your ability to fly the state-of-the-art fighter Grindstormer against the evil invaders from Zeta Reticulli. Though your remarkable ship can pick up a terrific array of weapons, the odds are stacked against you, just like any pro pilot should want it. Ahead lay six levels of fiery frenzy, which you have to complete twice to see the true ending.

Be careful when you dash for pick-ups. Often a missile is aimed right at them, timed to arrive when you do.

A Space Odyssey

Already a hit in the arcades, Grindstormer is a classic space shooter. You have an overhead view of your ship and a down-scrolling screen of enemies a la Gradius, with colorful multi-layered backgrounds a la Axelay. A large vertical Status Bar provides easy-to-read updates on such things as your score and armaments. There's great detail in the graphics, but sometimes there's so much happening on-screen that your ship gets lost amid all the explosions. Also, you can't always tell the difference between an object you can fly over and an object you'll collide with.

  • In Stage One, save your Bombs for the two bosses at the end. Bombs make short work of these missile-launching foes.
  • Unlike Stage One, Stage Two has enemies that come at you from the sides. Use Bombs against these purple ships.

The sounds are about average for shooters. Pounding music propels the action, and tons of sound effects zap around you, but there are no voices to announce your pickups, which might help when the fightin' is furious.

  • If you fire a Bomb almost immediately when you start Stage Six, you can clear the busy Playfield and snag new weapons.
  • This is one shooter where you'll really roam the screen. Don't plan on staying safely at the bottom.

I Could Have Had a V-5!

Smooth controls can make or break any shooter, and Grindstormer soars in this category. Your ship moves fluidly with pinpoint precision, enabling you to squeeze through tiny spaces to snag weapons. What's more, there's even a bonus game -- V-Five -- with its own unique power-up system. Practice before you attempt this tough challenge.

Hey, so it doesn't have the polygon graphics other shooters brag about. You'll still be puttin' your nose to the Grindstormer for hours.

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    Andy said on Forum:

    A true arcade favorite, Quite simple to just pick up and play no need to learn special moves or combo's, And good fun too for a scrolling space shooter as we all know that genre of games was done to death in the late 80's early 90's, So it did well to stand out amongst the the masses of competition.