Thunder Force 3

by Technosoft

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Over 100 Years of War Have Passed...

The Empire of Lone has been trying to take over our Galaxy Union for over a century. Neither side could overpower the other until just recently. The Empire has just installed a new Remote Intercepting System and our ships have been powerless against this superweapon. Our last hope is a special starfighter, code named Styx.

Fight your way through 8 levels of constant, intense game play in this outstanding side view shooter.

Machine - Genesis

Theme - Shooter

Difficulty - Avg.

Number of Players -1

Any game popular enough to produce not one but two sequels has got to have something going for it! The Thunder Force saga from TechnoSoft has produced some of the hottest horizontally- scrolling sci-fi action in the annals of electronic arcading.

Thunder Force III, is the most impressive installment yet, combining the frenetic firefights of the first two games with some of the most incredible large-figure animation ever seen on Sega Genesis! As in earlier series entries, the gamer pilots a small fighter craft, seen from side view, through a variety of horizontally- scrolling scenarios.

Along the way, the ship can amplify its power by collecting the various bonus weapons and power icons hidden throughout the game. As in the first two games, the interface is smooth as silk and the player's ship handles like a Plutonian pussycat.

What makes Thunder Force III so remarkable though, are its astonishing graphics. The illusion of depth is skillfully created through the use of foreground, midground and background scenery. The gamer must pilot their ship over a quintet of visually distinctive worlds, with a strike target assigned at the start of each round. Hydra is a jungle world; Gorgon is a blazing inferno; Seiren is an undersea planet; the planet Ellis is a frozen wasteland; and Hades is distinctive for its moving mountains, which crush unwary passersby between their rock-like jaws! After conquering the original five planets, the gamer gets to try several more bonus worlds, each containing some major visual treats!

Then there are the various creatures which populate these perilous planets, like the Gargoyle of Hydra. The Gargoyle stands almost the entire height of the screen, and when he moves his massive girth toward the gamer's craft it is one of the most impressive sequences in gaming history! Each world hosts several such behemoths, and each of these giants are animated in the same realistic manner.

  • TIP: Some bonus objects are hidden behind foreground scenery. On Hydra, for example, just before reaching the deadly flowers go to the top of the screen in order to pick up special lasers.

  • TIP: Go to Hades! No, seriously! At the end of the Hades scenario there is a shield which can be used to punch through the next three levels.

Thunder Force III not only lives up to the standards set by its predecessors, it surpasses them! The smooth game play, the easy interface and the eye-popping animation combine to make this a must for Sega Genesis owners!

  • TIP: Don't forget, the Weakness of each Target is listed at the start of the round!

  • TIP: Learn the various firing patterns of each weapon and the best situations in which to use each!

  • TIP: Each Boss has a unique attack pattern; study it, then exploit its predictability!

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Thunder Force 3 system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Thunder Force 3 supports single modeSingle game mode

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