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The events in the third game in the series are synchronous with RT2. At the end of the twentieth century, satellites around the globe are being shot down, disrupting communications. Secret agency Rolling Thunder discovers the organization behind the terror: Geldra. While agents Leila and Albatross are fighting the leader Gimdo (RT2), agent Jay is instructed to bring down Dread, the second-in-command.

There are many improvements to the gameplay: Jay can shoot while jumping and shoot diagonally upwards with certain weapons. At the beginning of each mission, you can pick a special weapon such as a laser rifle, bazooka, flamethrower or grenades. You have to choose carefully as they cannot be reused in later missions. You can still hide in doorways and recharge your weapons behind special doors. The mission timer from the previous game has been replaced by a sniper that targets you with a crosshair when you don't move fast enough. The brutal difficulty from the previous games has been toned down: there are more life marks at the start and you now resurrect where you died, rather than returning to the last checkpoint. Unlike the previous game, you can only choose one character to play with.

After completing a mission, a password is provided to continue playing. There are ten levels in total, with a few hidden areas.


Rolling Thunder 3 Genesis Heavy grenade action on the Easter Islands.
Rolling Thunder 3 Genesis Pick a special weapon at the beginning of each mission.
Rolling Thunder 3 Genesis Albatross and Leila are fighting Gimdo in Egypt.
Rolling Thunder 3 Genesis Title Screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "RT3" -- Informal title

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The Video Game Critic Sep 09, 2018 B+ 83 May 27, 2010 8 out of 10 80 May 13, 2020 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Dec, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1993 32 out of 50 64
Power Unlimited Mar, 1994 4 out of 10 40


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Rolling Thunder 3 was never released in Japan and it is a Genesis exclusive. It is also the first part in the series that did not have an arcade version.

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Sciere (780218) added Rolling Thunder 3 (Genesis) on Feb 05, 2005
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