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DescriptionRolling Thunder is the world's most powerful secret police force and you are its best agent. Your mission is to stop an underground conspiracy to conquer the world and to save agent Leila, who has been captured. Starting out armed only with a handgun, you have to make your way through heavily guarded hallways and secret passages to find Leila and stop the enemy.
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- "RT" -- informal/slang
Part of the Following Group
|A progressive platformer, one of the best arcade games||Arcade||Andrew Fisher (707)|
|The Atari Times||Arcade||Jan 17, 2005||80 out of 100||80|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Amiga||May, 1988||79 out of 100||79|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Amstrad CPC||Mar, 1988||78 out of 100||78|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Atari ST||May, 1988||74 out of 100||74|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||ZX Spectrum||Mar, 1988||715 out of 1000||72|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Commodore 64||May, 1988||58 out of 100||58|
|Commodore User||Amiga||May, 1988||5 out of 10||50|
|Power Play||Atari ST||May, 1988||5 out of 10||50|
|Commodore User||Commodore 64||Apr, 1988||3 out of 10||30|
|Australian Commodore and Amiga Review||Amiga||Jul, 1988||Unscored||Unscored|
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1001 Video GamesThe Arcade version of Rolling Thunder appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
ConversionsUS Gold picked up conversion rights and Tiertex ported the game for release on all major home computers in 1988. The C64 version is sluggish and blocky, yet a very playable and satisfactory effort, while the Amstrad features colourful in-game graphics and the Spectrum contains its characteristically faithful sprites and linedrawn backgrounds. The Amiga and Atari ST versions are a relatively disappointment when taking into account that near-perfect conversions could have been achieved on such powerful machines. The Amiga version was US Gold's first foray into the 16-bit Commodore market and its lacklustre execution is perhaps the reason why both it and the Atari ST port were never re-issued pon the Kixx budget label, as were the 8-bit versions. Predictably, all releases feature the ever-obligatory and annoying border around the playing area.Several consoles received conversions with a version for the Atari Lynx and a pleasant Nintendo NES port from Tengen in 1988 which implemented a password system and featured strikingly daring box art for the family-friendly console. An arcade-perfect release finally came to home systems in the Nineties when the game was included on the Sony Playstation's Namco Musem Encore Collection - sadly, a Japan-only exclusive.
Related Web Sites
- The Rolling Thunder Online Resource (A full overview of all aspects of the games)
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