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A follow-up to the original Rolling Thunder, this is a "shoot-the-bad-guys-and-save-the-world" game. A terrorist group has taken out the world information flow and, as either a guy named Albert Ross or a woman named Leila, you must stop them. You can also get weapons that pack more of a punch than your ordinary hand gun. The original Arcade version of Rolling Thunder 2 supports two-player cooperative play.

The Genesis conversion is single-player only, but instead it introduces several new stages with new enemies and bosses. The original stages have been tweaked to provide more cover points and bonus items; also two new weapons were added - a laser and a flamethrower. The storyline cutscenes between the stages were expanded. This version introduces a password system that allows the players to continue from any previously visited stage.


Rolling Thunder 2 Genesis Albert Ross, just another James Bond.
Rolling Thunder 2 Genesis The final boss in his first form.
Rolling Thunder 2 Arcade Up on a truck
Rolling Thunder 2 Arcade Intro: the new face of Geldra

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Rolling Thunder 2 Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "RT2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ローリングサンダー2" -- Japanese spelling

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Rolling thunder-- a nice little game Genesis paul cairey (359)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1991 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic Genesis Sep 09, 2018 A 100
Hobby Consolas Genesis Jan, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Genesis Jul, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Mar, 1992 33 out of 40 82
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 08, 2007 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80 Genesis Jul 26, 2004 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Feb, 1992 9 out of 12 75
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jul 28, 2008 7 out of 10 70


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Sequel of Rolling Thunder was converted only to one home platform - Sega Mega Drive - which is absolutely stellar and not only an extremely successful translation of the arcade original but also an improvement on it in many areas. As well as an intuitive password system an option to listen to the soundtrack in isolation and the ability to actually select which character to play as in a briefing room screen. Additionally there is the implementation of gorgeous inter-level cutscenes that feature Manga-style graphics. Along with that there are three extra levels, bonus weapon power-ups with flamethrowers and laser cannons joining the machine gun present on the coin-op and the inclusion of several end-of-level guardians to match wits with.

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