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A faint distress transmission, which was barely understandable, was received at the headquarters of the White Knights. Sent from a distant outpost at the extreme edge of the Planetary System, the garbled message told of a new, gigantic Norsa Battle Fortress at the edge of the Norsa Galaxy.

Apple and Champ, two members of the elite White Knight special peacekeeping force, immediately set out on a reconnaissance mission to investigate the Norsa Fortress.

The last words which anybody heard from Apple and Champ were: "Help us J.J.! Baron Ricks has..."

There are eight rounds in the game, and the gameplay is split into two parts. In the odd-numbered rounds, you ride a bike known as the "Tri Formation" which has the Zillion laser beam attached to it. As well as shooting Norsa warriors, you must jump over gaps and the pulsating areas of the floor. If your character comes in contact with their shots, or rides over the pulsating areas of the floor, your life meter will decrease. If that meter is empty, you lose a life. Power-ups can be obtained that will give you the Armorator or extra life. In Rounds 5 and 7, you are required to use the Armorator to survive the round. You can also change between Apple and Champ during these rounds, but only once each.

And on the even-numbered rounds, you run-and-shoot your way to a boss. Beware of the Norsa Warriors and other enemies. The same rules apply to those of the odd-numbered rounds, where being shot at or fall in a gap will result in you losing a life.


Zillion 2: Tri Formation SEGA Master System Round 1
Zillion 2: Tri Formation SEGA Master System Baron Rick
Zillion 2: Tri Formation SEGA Master System Radjian Defense Leader
Zillion 2: Tri Formation SEGA Master System That robot looks much bigger than you

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Alternate Titles

  • "Zillion II: Triformation" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Zillion II: The Tri Formation" -- European title
  • "Zillion II" -- Brazilian title
  • "Tri Formation" -- In-game title
  • "トライフォーメーション" -- Japanese Spelling

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Tilt Jul, 1988 17 out of 20 85
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1988 83 out of 100 83
HonestGamers Jan 12, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1988 8 out of 10 80 Nov 07, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GamesCollection Mar 04, 2008 7 out of 10 70
VideoGame Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1988 5.4 out of 12 45
Power Play Mar, 1988 4.5 out of 10 45


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Katakis | カタキス (40585) added Zillion 2: Tri Formation (SEGA Master System) on Jun 23, 2004