R-Type III: The Third Lightning

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The evil Bydo Empire returns in this entry of the R-Type series. So climb into the latest R-Type vessel, the R-90, and blast through six side-scrolling levels on your way to destroy the Bydo mothership.

Gameplay is still the classic R-Type way with huge levels and bosses. With your detachable laser unit, you can fire in front or behind your ship. R-Type III now features three different kinds of laser unit, selectable at the start of a game. Each offers different laser types depending on the power-ups collected.


R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Main menu.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Force Selection Screen
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Stage 1: Space Garbage
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Title screen.

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Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii May 25, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Play Time SNES Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
IGN Wii Feb 22, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Players SNES Sep, 1994 83 out of 100 83
HonestGamers Game Boy Advance Mar 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) SNES Oct, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
IGN Game Boy Advance Apr 02, 2004 4.5 out of 10 45
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Advance Oct 01, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Aug 25, 2006 8 out of 20 40
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Apr 02, 2004 2.8 out of 10 28


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Western version

In the Western version, the shots of the end boss of level 2 were coloured to look like eyeballs. In the original version, they could be remotely confused with sperm.


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