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The evil Bydo Empire returns in this entry of the R-Type series. So climb into the latest R-Type vessel, the R-90, and blast through six side-scrolling levels on your way to destroy the Bydo mothership.

Gameplay is still the classic R-Type way with huge levels and bosses. With your detachable laser unit, you can fire in front or behind your ship. R-Type III now features three different kinds of laser unit, selectable at the start of a game. Each offers different laser types depending on the power-ups collected.


R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Force Selection Screen
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Stage 1: Space Garbage
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Title Screen (Blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire!)
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Hyper Wave Cannon: Initial Discharge

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User Reviews

An excellent follow-up to Super R-Type Katakis | カタキス (42836) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Video Game Den Mar 31, 2020 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jan 13, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Video Games Mar, 1994 90 out of 100 90 Jul 17, 2020 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Dec, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1994 40 out of 50 80
Megablast Mar, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
GamePro (US) Oct, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70


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Western version

In the Western version, the shots of the end boss of level 2 were coloured to look like eyeballs. In the original version, they could be remotely confused with sperm.


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    • 1994 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1) - Best SNES Shooter Game of the Year

Terok Nor (32358) added R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES) on Apr 18, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (68945) and Terok Nor (32358)
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