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Thunder Force II (Sharp X68000)

Thunder Force II Sharp X68000 Title screen

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Description

Thunder 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 or Gradius, but with more basic weapons systems. In future incarnations of the series the top down aspect would be abandoned.

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Thunder Force II Sharp X68000 The X68000 version has a handy map feature for the overhead stages
Thunder Force II Sharp X68000 First overhead stage, hard as hell but there's a lot more parallax scrolling here than in the MD version
Thunder Force II Sharp X68000 More weapons to choose from
Thunder Force II Sharp X68000 Using the battleship Plealos, ORN Empire attacks the Galaxy Federation destroying the planet of Reda

Alternate Titles

  • "Thunder Force II MD" -- Japanese title
  • "サンダーフォースⅡMD" -- Japanese Mega Drive spelling

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Trivia

Milestone

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.

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