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Rolling 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.


Rolling Thunder ZX Spectrum Exiting one of thew doros for more ammo
Rolling Thunder NES Area clear
Rolling Thunder NES How am I supposed to get past it? Only manipulation with enemy patterns will help
Rolling Thunder Atari ST Title screen

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Rolling Thunder Screenshot
Rolling Thunder Screenshot
Rolling Thunder Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "RT" -- informal/slang
  • "Arcade Archives: Rolling Thunder" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス ローリングサンダー" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "ローリングサンダー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A progressive platformer, one of the best arcade games Arcade Andrew Fisher (707)

Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Arcade Jan 17, 2005 80 out of 100 80
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1988 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 9.4 out of 12 78
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1988 78 out of 100 78
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1988 76 out of 100 76
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1988 730 out of 1000 73
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jan, 1990 29 out of 40 72
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1988 690 out of 1000 69
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga Jul, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Rolling Thunder appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


US 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.

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