DescriptionThunder Force II
is both a side scrolling and top down shooter. In the game you control a ship. In some stages the action is side scrolling and in others it is top down (overhead). The weapons systems is fairly basic. You can switch from shooting a more powerful weapon straight ahead or two less powerful guns shooting forward and backward simultaneously. There are various power-ups that improve your fire power.
In the top down levels you can only travel in cardinal directions and cannot maneuver around obstacles easily or slow down. The control in the side scrolling levels is reminiscent of R-Type
, but with more basic weapons systems. In future incarnations of the series the top down aspect would be abandoned.
- "Thunder Force II MD" -- Japanese title
- "サンダーフォースⅡMD" -- Japanese Mega Drive spelling
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Released in June 1989, Thunder Force II MD
was the very first third-party game released for the Mega Drive in Japan, eight months after the system's initial launch.