DescriptionThunder Force II is both a side scrolling and top down shooter. In the game you control a ship. In some stages the action is side scrolling and in others it is top down (overhead). The weapons systems is fairly basic. You can switch from shooting a more powerful weapon straight ahead or two less powerful guns shooting forward and backward simultaneously. There are various power-ups that improve your fire power.
In the top down levels you can only travel in cardinal directions and cannot maneuver around obstacles easily or slow down. The control in the side scrolling levels is reminiscent of R-Type or Gradius, but with more basic weapons systems. In future incarnations of the series the top down aspect would be abandoned.
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- "Thunder Force II MD" -- Japanese title
- "サンダーフォースⅡMD" -- Japanese Mega Drive spelling
Part of the Following Groups
|An experiment that didn't quite work out.||Genesis||Majestic Lizard (676)|
|Zero||Genesis||Feb, 1990||93 out of 100||93|
|1UP!||Genesis||Apr 12, 2013||87 out of 100||87|
|Netjak||Genesis||Nov 19, 2002||8.2 out of 10||82|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Genesis||Nov, 1989||31 out of 40||78|
|Power Play||Genesis||Dec, 1989||71 out of 100||71|
|Megablast||Genesis||1992||66 out of 100||66|
|Player One||Genesis||Oct, 1990||58 out of 100||58|
|Micro News||Genesis||May, 1990||50|
|The Video Game Critic||Genesis||Aug 30, 2001||C-||42|
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MilestoneReleased in June 1989, Thunder Force II MD was the very first third-party game released for the Mega Drive in Japan, eight months after the system's initial launch.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- December 1989 (Issue 5) - Worst Spelling Error in a Game (Secret Bonuss) (tied with P.O.W.: Prisoners of War)
CensorshipIn the Sharp X68000 version of the game, after losing your last life, the game will exclaim "Shit!" in frustration. This was not carried over to the Genesis/Mega Drive versions.