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Progress through Super Star Force is made in the following ways:

  • Saving up enough time pieces to travel to different time periods and purchase equipment
  • Performing an action that will reveal some of the dungeons in a later time period
  • Traveling forward to the affected time period to visit the dungeon and collecting the secret time stone
  • Repeat the process until all seven time stones are collected

Time pieces[edit]

The number of time pieces you have is indicated in the upper left corner of the screen next to the T. Time pieces serve a number of functions throughout the game. They are both your money and your life points. They can only be collected by destroying certain enemies while piloting the Neo Final Star. You can not earn time pieces by destroying monsters while in exploration mode. However, in exploration mode, you will lose time pieces when you are hurt by the enemy, and you will be expelled from the dungeon if you lose them all. It is important to collect as many time pieces as possible in order to make your progress through the game smoother.

The later time periods (e.g. 2010 and 1680) are the easiest to get time pieces in, since the enemy's offensive strength is considerably lower than in the earlier time periods. Enemies do not fire nearly as much in these later years. However, the earlier time periods (e.g. 0316 and 0001) make it possible to earn time pieces faster. Those time periods should not be attempted without bringing a supply of barrier capsules for the Neo Final Star. Every time you lose one of your ships, your time pieces are divided in half.

Warping between time periods also requires a particular number of time pieces. When you warp to a time period for the first time, you will have to pay a considerable sum of time pieces. After you have accessed a new time period one time, it will always be available to you from any other time period. The further you travel through time, the more expensive the trip will be. Traveling forward through time (where the enemies are weaker) is also more expensive than traveling backward (where the enemies are stronger).

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Capture method[edit]

The table below present one possible method through the game, but does not represent the only method. It aims to direct you through the game with the fewest time jumps possible. Details about each instruction can be found on the respective time period's page.

Step Time Period Instruction
1 DA 2010
  • Travel through this stage and gather time pieces. Try to collect 15,000 time pieces before using the warp at the end of the stage to travel to DA 1608.
2 DA 1608
  • Locate the hidden shop and purchase a Solar Lamp for 4,000 time pieces.
  • Shoot the skull of the largest fossil until the screen flashes, unlocking the dungeon in 2010.
  • Gather time pieces, and use the warp at the end of the stage to travel to DA 1301.
3 DA 1301
  • Shoot the giant egg until the screen flashes, unlocking the dungeon in 1608.
  • Gather time pieces, and use the warp at the end of the stage to travel to DA 1003.
4 DA 1003
  • Shoot the middle of the ocean portion of the stage (your shots will hit an invisible barrier) until the screen flashes, unlocking the dungeon in 1301.
  • Enter a regular time portal immediately after the ocean and return to 2010.
5 DA 2010
  • Enter the underground dungeon.
    • Purchase as many barrier capsules as you can afford to. Purchase the Twin Laser Unit if you can afford to.
    • Locate the hidden Oanesu crest.
    • Find the two dungeon crests and collect the secret time stone.
  • Activate a barrier capsule, and enter a regular time portal and travel to 1608.
6 DA 1608
  • Enter the underground dungeon.
    • Purchase the Rapid-fire Shot and a Power Wrist bracelet if you can afford to (although the Power Wrist is sold for much cheaper in DA 0316).
    • Locate the hidden Oanesu crest.
    • Find the two dungeon crests and collect the secret time stone.
  • Enter a regular time portal and travel to 1301.
7 DA 1301
  • Enter the underground dungeon.
    • The Laser Cutter gun is a luxury item and should not be purchased if time pieces are a concern. The low price barrier capsule, however, should be purchased.
    • Locate the hidden Oanesu crest.
    • Find the secret entrance through the tree grove and collect the secret time stone.
  • Enter a regular time portal and travel to 1003.
8 DA 1003
  • Gather time pieces, and travel all the way into the stage until the forest section repeats itself.
  • Locate and access the warp to travel to 0820
9 DA 0820
  • Locate the hidden shop in the center of a circle of stones to collect the Dorera statue.
  • Gather time pieces, and use the warp at the end of the stage to travel to DA 0316.
10 DA 0316
  • Locate the hidden shop immediately before the compound that serves at the dungeon entrance to collect the final Oanesu crest.
  • With all four crests in your possession, access the underground dungeon.
    • If you are still in need of a Power Wrist bracelet, you can purchase one here for a low price.
    • Locate the sun gate and absorb it's power in order to access the remainder of the dungeon and collect the secret time stone.
  • Gather time pieces, and use the warp at the end of the stage to travel to DA 0001.
11 DA 0001
  • Locate and shoot a particular volcano that must be destroyed in order to make the dungeon appear (your shots will hit an invisible barrier).
  • Enter the underground dungeon immediately following said volcano.
    • Use the Solar Lamp to defeat the invincible time gate guardian.
    • You must transfer enough time pieces to enter the time gate.
    • Locate the man who tells you to secret to accessing the remainder of the dungeon and collect the secret time stone.
  • Fly to the end of the stage and defeat Gordess. You will receive a partial ending and immediately continue in 2010.
12 DA 2010
  • If necessary, restock your supply of barrier capsules from this year's dungeon.
  • Enter a regular time portal and travel to 1608.
13 DA 1608
  • Purchase another Solar Lamp from the shop you discovered earler.
  • Enter a regular time portal and travel to 1301.
14 DA 1301
  • Enter this year's dungeon and present the Dorera statue to the man hidden in a tree in the room to the far right of the entrance in order to gain access to the dungeon in 0820.
  • Enter a regular time portal and travel to 0820.
15 DA 0820
  • Enter the underground dungeon.
    • The Pulser and barrier capsules can be purchased cheaply from a hidden shop if necessary.
    • Collect the dungeon crests. Don't use the Solar Lamp against the invincible enemy who defends one of the crests.
    • Use the Solar Lamp in the room with the fountains to dry up the water.
    • Purchase a very cheap Solar Lamp from the room to the right.
    • Locate and collect the secret time stone.
  • Enter a regular time portal and travel to 1003.
16 DA 1003
  • Enter the underground dungeon.
    • Defeat the enemy that guards the time gate.
    • You must transfer enough time pieces to enter the time gate.
    • Find and collect the secret time stone.
  • Enter a regular time portal and travel to 0820.
17 DA 0820
  • Reenter the underground dungeon.
    • Use the Solar Lamp on the fountain again.
    • Pass through the right gate of the fountain and enter the hole to collect the Cleopatra mask.
  • Return to 2010 if you need to restock any barrier capsules.
  • Otherwise, enter a regular time portal and travel to 0001.
18 DA 0001
  • Travel all the way to the end and beat Gordess a second time.
  • If you have all seven secret time stones and the Cleopatra mask, you will be given access to 2137.
19 DA 2137
  • Travel through this difficult stage until you find the dungeon entrance in the second half of the stage.
  • Proceed through the labyrinth until you find the way to the room where the secret time stones must be deposited.