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Thunder Force Series

Thunder Force 3

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Defeat the Empire in this fast-paced shootout sequel to Thunder Force II(tm). Normally, you get 4 fighters, but you can dial in your choice of a number with Codes 2 thru 5. With Code 10, you can keep special weapon power when you lose a fighter. You will lose the current selection, but the weapon is still shown on the screen and you can select it again. Code 11 lets you start with all special weapons available, including sever, lancer, wave, fire and hunter. With Game Genie(tm) in your arsenal, you should have no problem defending the galaxy!
2AECA-AAH8Start with 2 fighters
3A2CA-AAH8Start with 7 fighters
4BECA-AAH8Start with 10 fighters
5A3AT-AA7RInfinite fighters
6AECA-AAF8Start with 2 credits instead of 7
7ATCA-AAF8Start with 5 credits
8BTCA-AAF8Start with 13 credits
9A2FT-AA8CInfinite credits
10AKAT-AA8RKeep special weapon power when you lose a fighter
119TCA-BGSR + D6CA-AAHT + 96CA-AAHWStart with all special weapons available
12AKAA-AA6WNever get special weapons ability
Cheats For Thunder Force 3
1Options SelectPress and hold A, B, and C at the title screen, and press Start. This allows selecting the ship speed, difficulty, and sound effects.
2Full WeaponsTo select the super weapons without having to find them, pause the game and enter this sequence: Press Up on the directional pad 10 times, press B once, press Down twice, and then press B until your weapon meter is full. Press A to get the Claw weapon.
3Wave and WinkOn the ending sequence of the game, press C and your character's hands wave and eyes wink.
4Shoot All WeaponsIf you have the Arcade Power Stick and a lot of different weapons, you can set C on rapid fire while shooing with B, allowing you to shoot all available weapons at once.

Excerpt from Genesis Game Guide by The Scribe

NAME:             Thunder Force series (3 titles)
AUTHOR/VENDOR:    Technosoft
RELEASED:         various
TYPE:             Shooter
LANGUAGE:         English

PREMISE:          This this the shooter series for the Genesis that got a
                  a lot of attention when it came out.  It's your basic
                  blast-any-thing-that-moves sci-fi side-scrolling shooter,
                  but with a reputation for gaming excellence.

IMPRESSIONS:      Fairly decent R-Type clones that get better as the series
                  advances.  Decent weapons, impressive graphics, intense

VARIATIONS:       The first game in the series, Thunder Force, is not
                  available separately for the Genesis.  There is also a
                  derivant called Thunder Spirits that was made for the
                  SNES, although it is generally acknowledged to be an
                  inferior product.

                  Thunder Force 2 (1989, one of the few sequels that
                    incorporated its ancestor into itself - the top-down
                    down sequences are reminsecent of Bosconian, the side-
                    scroll sequences smack strongly of R-Type)
                  Thunder Force 3 (1990, the top-down view is now gone,
                    leaving only the side-scroll game - better graphics
                    and a slightly enhanced weapons system)
                  Thunder Force 4 (1992, also known as Lightning Force -
                    best of the lot, but still not as good as R-Type)

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This is one great series! (Score: 1)
by Hiryu on Monday, July 02 @ 12:14:18 EDT
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The thunder force series has always been one of my favorites. With great looking graphics, music, and gameplay, you can't go wrong! Go get em'! I give the series a 9.

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Re: Thunder Force Series (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Monday, July 09 @ 09:17:39 EDT

The III version of game is my favourite, It have good graphcs, optimum game speed, exciting sound, easy control, while there would be a draw back is that this game is hard to finish... I can only use emulator to go over the game.

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Thunder Force Series Superb shooters!!! (Score: 1)
by Vintage_Gamer on Thursday, December 13 @ 01:54:18 EST
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This series is one I keep coming back to on the genesis! overall TF3 Is my favorite. LF may look prettier, but IMHO 3 plays a heck of a lot better. The music is top notch and weapon selection is good. I like this series sooooo much I would say it is better than R-Type. The enemies are big and colorful, and usually don't get lost in the backgrounds. Pick these up if you see them, You definately wont be disappointed!!!

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Re: Thunder Force 4 (Score: 1)
by deaddudegod on Thursday, August 08 @ 00:12:23 EDT
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This is, IMHO, better than R-Type. It's fast, the graphics and music are superb, the gameplay is exhilarating (yes, I do know what I'm saying!) and the difficulty is insane! But it's still fabulous!

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Re: Thunder Force Series (Score: 1)
by Faliorn on Friday, October 18 @ 02:35:49 EDT
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The best rocking Shoot'em up ever! It was so good that there were no other Shoot'em-up releases after it, since no one could defeat it and its rocking music!!

BTW, I've finished it in maniac level (you get it after having finished very hard) w/out any tricks, cheats or 99 ships, so quit crying and start playing!!! ;)

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The Vastians Steel RVR 3 (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Monday, February 17 @ 13:55:16 EST

Its a good series with the good graphics, however the IV version is only ok as compared to its preceeding rival. The version V is alright, as compared, with the III as well. Over all the V has the superior weapons technology with the Overweapon power system, but the standard Airframe "STYX" appears to be the most potent model. Game play, III and V are the recomended, IV is the advanced player model, recomend to use all of the weapons all of the time for each situation moreso than other versions!

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Re: Thunder Force Series (Score: 1)
by SIR ( on Monday, July 21 @ 21:39:58 EDT
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I have the carts for 2 and 4 in the series, the second one was the first game I ever beat on the megadrive, the fourth one I can't get very far in but it is also a good game. Purists would probably disagree, but I love the second one the best.

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Re: Thunder Force Series (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Monday, February 16 @ 02:49:01 EST

"Thunder Force 4 (1992, also known as Lightning Force -
best of the lot, but still not as good as R-Type)"

Comparing LF to R-Type is like comparing apples to oranges!

Rage Games can kiss my ass!

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