Publisher: Tengen. Developer: Tengen, Platform Shooter, 1 player 1989.
Despite skinnier characters, less colorful graphics, and lack of two-player alternating mode, Rolling Thunder is an excellent port of Namco’s 1986 arcade classic. On a mission to rescue the beautiful Leila, the player, as a secret police agent, must run, jump and climb through treacherous passageways, using a handgun to blow away hooded thugs, ninjas, ape men, flamers (when hit twice, they break into four and attack), and bats with human faces. Entering specially marked doors grants players bullets and machine guns, and unmarked doors sometimes harbor extra time. The game is action packed, but players must progress carefully (including ducking under enemy fire), making for a substantial challenge. Includes password feature. Unlicensed. Followed by: Rolling Thunder 2 (arcade, Genesis) and Rolling Thunder 3 (Genesis).
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