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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 Game Boy Advance Eliminating an enemy squadron.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Flying through a tunnel
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Title screen.

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Retro Gamer Dec, 2004 83 out of 100 83
HonestGamers Mar 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine May, 2004 6.25 out of 10 62
IGN Apr 02, 2004 4.5 out of 10 45
64 Power / big.N / N Games Mar, 2005 42 out of 100 42 Aug 25, 2006 8 out of 20 40
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Oct 01, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
GameSpot Apr 02, 2004 2.8 out of 10 28
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Apr 27, 2004 1.25 out of 5 25


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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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Terok Nor (28770) added R-Type III: The Third Lightning (Game Boy Advance) on Apr 18, 2004
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