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The famous shoot'em up series Thunder Force reaches its third installment. Eight new levels of non-stop action, as always packed with gargantuan bosses.

What made Thunder Force stand apart from the other shooters, the ability to switch weapons on the fly, hasn't changed a bit. However, the original mix of side-scrolling and top-view levels that was present in Thunder Force II has been dropped; only the side-scrolling levels remain.


Thunder Force III Genesis Let's shoot!
Thunder Force III Genesis Move away, you big bully!
Thunder Force III Genesis Planet select
Thunder Force III Genesis Nice level

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Alternate Titles

  • "サンダーフォースⅢ" -- Japanese spelling

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One of the greatest side scrolling shooters ever. Majestic Lizard (655) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Aug 30, 2001 A 100
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Aug 02, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Hobby Consolas Nov, 1991 95 out of 100 95
1UP! Jun 22, 2002 95 out of 100 95
Retrogaming History Apr 24, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Mar, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Megablast 1992 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Sep, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1990 33 out of 40 82


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Cochonou (1012) added Thunder Force III (Genesis) on Dec 05, 2002