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Thunder Force III Reviews (Genesis)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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One of the greatest side scrolling shooters ever. Majestic Lizard (676) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

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Overall User Score (21 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Aug 30, 2001)
This game set the standard for Genesis shooters. There's nothing but intense side-scrolling action here. You can choose the order in which to play the five stages, and you must beat all five to make it to the final stage. This is a great system because all five of the stages offer a unique theme: fire/volcanoes, underwater, jungle, snow, or underground. The underwater stage features bubbles that push up your ship up, the underground stage has shifting rocks, and the volcanic stage features some incredible wavy heat effects. The graphics are clean and the music is fantastic, and the bosses are complex with many moving parts. And thank God this is not impossibly hard like Thunder Force 2. A sequel to this game, Lightening Force, was released in 1992.
Pour résumer : TF3 est ni plus ni moins qu'un jeu culte développé par un studio culte sur une console culte. Il possède une réalisation culte, une bande son culte, et une jouabilité culte qui près de 20 ans après n'ont absolument pas pris de rides et continuent de faire l'unanimité auprès des joueurs. Un jeu qui était sûrement en avance sur son temps... Sacrément en avance alors !
Six planets might not sound much, but they're tough and completing them all takes plenty of practice. And even if you do manage to finish the game, there are three more difficulty levels to maintain the challenge. Thunderforce III is the state of the art in shoot 'em up technology and is easily one of the best console games yet seen.
Hobby Consolas (Nov, 1991)
El rey de los shoot'em up para la Megadrive ha nacido ya. Este popular género explotado una y otra vez con mayor o menor éxito logra con Thunderforce III una culminación impresionante, sin precedente conocido ni por conocer.
1UP! (Jun 22, 2002)
Malgré 5 vies et 8 continus, Thunder Force III n'échappe pas à une difficulté à vous faire avaler le chocolat de travers. Chaque planète de départ se termine plus ou moins facilement avec de la pratique, et le fait de pouvoir choisir par laquelle commencer est en ce sens un atout considérable, mais pour passer les derniers niveaux et voir la fin, il faudra les doigts experts de joueurs d'arcade (nos photos ont été prises en trichant, argh !). Cela n'enlève rien au fait que Thunder Force III est une pure merveille de shoot'em up comme Techno Soft ne semble pas savoir si souvent les faire, bizarrement.
Thunderforce III is a very taxing shoot 'em up. Even really good gamers are going to need to put in the hours to clock this one. Superb graphics and sound make it one of the very best games for the Megadrive. Should more than earn its keep in terms getting plugged in on a regular basis.
Retrogaming History (Apr 24, 2008)
Thunder Force III è sostanzialmente un coin-op di buonissimo livello realizzato specificatamente per un sistema casalingo. Le sue principali caratteristiche, infatti, delineano uno shoot ‘em up di tipico stampo arcade la cui realizzazione tecnica può rivaleggiare con buona parte dei titoli del genere diffusi in sala giochi a cavallo tra '80 e '90. Sicuramente un must-have per ogni possessore di Mega Drive.
90 (Apr 24, 2008)
In TFIII, dunque, azione, ritmo, velocità e divertimento blastatorio “puro” la fanno da padroni. Il solidissimo e super intuitivo meccanismo di gioco cattura il giocatore spingendolo a giocare e rigiocare, fino alla gratificante sequenza finale.
90 (Oct 29, 2004)
Many consider Thunder Force IV to be Technosoft's pinnacle of the series, and I'd be tempted to agree if that game's first half wasn't so inconsistent. TF3 burns on a solid high from start to finish, and that's really the one we love the most. And, like good ‘ol Contra, the average person can actually finish the game in one stretch. The rest of us do have lives, ya know.
With such great games as Gaiares for the Genesis and Super R-Type and Gradius III for the Super NES, side-scrolling shooter fans have plenty to be happy about. Thunder Force III is a big part of this legacy as the game features some of the best music, graphics, and intensity for a 16-bit system.
Megablast (1992)
Um ihn herum bewegen sich abwechslungsreiche Gegnerformationen, toll gezeichnete Hintergründe, betörende Rhythmen und explosive FX ein Stelldichein. Die Action ist so rasant, daß man stellenweise seine liebe Mühe hat, den Gleiter unbeschädigt durch die Engstellen, Flammenmeere und rutschenden Geröllmassen zu bugsieren.
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Für Baller-Gourmets ist „Thunder Force III“ ein wahres Festessen: Auf sieben Stufen verstreut bietet das Modul so ziemlich alles, was Herz und Daumen eines Actionspielers erfreut.
Retro Archives (Jul 24, 2017)
Véritable démonstration technique au moment de sa sortie, Thunder Force III est également un shoot-them-up percutant et efficace qui aura immédiatement propulsé la Megadrive au beau milieu de la cour des grands. Si sa réalisation impressionne naturellement nettement moins de nos jours, le jeu de Technosoft demeure un titre majeur de la machine de Sega, un titre d’arcade jouissif aux mélodies mémorables et à la jouabilité nerveuse qui saura vous retenir pendant de nombreuses heures, le temps de parvenir à le dompter.
Thunder Force III is one of the most professional, arcade-like console games I've ever seen. It has all the challenge and difficulty, too (lucky there are continue plays), and bags of playability. Nine types of weapon enable various assault tactics to be used and selectable levels mean you won't got bored of seeing the same old things. The best shoot-'em-up on the Mega Drive.
Power Play (Sep, 1990)
Die japanische Firma Tecno Soft arbeitete bislang erfreulicherweise nach dem Motto "Klasse statt Masse". Mit dem Action-Spektakel "Thunder Force II" und dem Strategie-Hit "Herzog 2" sind erst zwei Module fürs Mega Drive erschienen. Das dritte im Bunde ist nun "Thunder Force III". Im Gegensatz zum Vorgänger hat man sich hier auf die horizontal scrollenden Spielstufen beschränkt; die aus der Vogelperspektive gezeigten Level gibt's nicht mehr.
TF3 is a better than average shooter with a lot of attention devoted to new types of background graphics. Great choices of weaponry and a better than average variety of screens. Unusually well done tunes round out a great cart!
HonestGamers (Mar 17, 2011)
This is not the case with Technosoft’s quick, engaging, yet too-easy interstellar battle. It manages to accomplish the nearly impossible feat of being a pushover with panache; a universally accessible romp with intense stretches and pretty 16-bit presentation to hold your interest. You won’t fall asleep playing it, but you certainly won’t break your controller either. It manages to impart an inexorably likable personality upon those who play it even for a short time. Give Thunder Force III more time, crank up the difficulty, and this feeling will only intensify.
Play Time (Oct, 1991)
Die Zahl der Ballerknallermodule im Horizontalscrolling für das Sega Mega Drive muß doch schon langsam unüberschaubar sein. Eine Einöde. Manche davon warten wenigstens mit ein paar neuen Gags auf oder beeindrucken durch tolle Animationen oder Grafiken. Mit Thunder Force III aber ist wohl nur das Meer der Massenware noch ein bißchen massiger geworden.