Thunder Force II
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|Thunder Force II|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Original system(s): X68000|
|Sound driver: T.S vx.xx (Technosoft)|
|Number of players: 1|
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Thunder Force II is a 1988 shoot-'em-up developed by Technosoft for the X68000, and the second installment in their Thunder Force series. The following year, it was ported to the Sega Mega Drive as Thunder Force II MD (サンダーフォースII ＭＤ), and this version was released worldwide as simply Thunder Force II. It was the first Sega Mega Drive game in Japan published by a third party.
After the events of the first Thunder Force, the defeated ORN Empire decide to attack the Galaxy Federation again. Using Plealos, their new battleship, ORN is able to destroy the planet Reda and take the planet Nepura as their own. Fortunately, the Galaxy Federation discovers Nepura is used to hold Plealos when it is not being used, and they set out to destroy Plealos with a new version of the powerful "Fire LEO" fighter craft, the Fire LEO-02 Exceliza.
- "Top-view" stages: You have free 8-way movement, and the screen constantly scrolls in the direction the ship is facing. The ship's weapon shoots in the direction the ship is facing, though other weapons and powerups fire in different directions. The objective is to find and destroy the four bases.
- Side-scrolling stages: You can only progress forward, and the screen constantly scrolls from right to left; the entire stage doesn't fit on the screen, so moving up and down reveals a bit more of it. Reach the end of the stage and defeat the boss there to complete the level.
As you defeat certain enemies, they'll drop various weapon; losing a life takes all acquired weapons away. The two types of stages have unique weapons between them.
The Swedish version shown below has an interesting story behind it. The distributor in the Nordic countries was Playmix/BRIO, famous for its classic wooden toys and unharmful playthings. This is the first and probably last time they used censorship on a game. The missiles on this early game's front were considered too violent and the picture was replaced by the ship from the Japanese version instead. After they mixed it together, they simple photographed it and printed it on Fujicolor paper (can be seen on the back of the inlay). This version is therefore fairly common in Sweden.
- Program: Izumi Fukuda, Takashi Iwanaga, Haruhiko Otsuka
- Graphics & Design: Osamu Tsujikawa
- Stage Design: Takashi Iwanaga
- Music Compose: Tomomi Ohtani
- Sound Effects: Naosuke Arai
- Wording: Kazue Matsuoka, Kikuo Tamichi, Fumio Sugano
- Special Thanks To: Soichiro Hikichi, Kazuhiro Imamura
- Source: In-game credits
- Main article: Thunder Force II/Magazine articles.
Mega Drive version
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, AU|
|Mega Drive, CA|
ROM dump status
- Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 88
- Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
- ACE, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 51
- Player One, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 57
- Computer & Video Games, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-16), page 122
- ACE, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-xx), page 144
- Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1990" (JP; 1990-01-08), page 72
- Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 77
- Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 37
- The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 50
- Consoles +, "Tilt Hors-Serie" (FR; 1991-07-xx), page 36
- Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 135
- Computer & Video Games, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-16), page 102
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1989" (US; 1989-xx-xx), page 13
- Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 107
- Famitsu, "" (JP; 1989-xx-xx), page 1
- Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
- Joystick, "Juin 1990" (FR; 1990-05-xx), page 82
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 95
- Mega Drive Fan, "November 1989" (JP; 1989-10-07), page 49
- MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 81
- Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 86
- Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
- Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 30
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
- Tilt, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 100
- Zero, "February 1990" (UK; 19xx-xx-xx), page 82
|Thunder Force games for Sega systems / developed by Sega|
|Thunder Force II (1989) | Thunder Force III (1990) | Thunder Force IV / Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (1992)|
|Thunder Force AC (1990)|
|Thunder Force: Gold Pack 1 (1996) | Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2 (1996) | Thunder Force V (1997)|
|Thunder Force VI (2008)|
|Sega Ages Thunder Force IV (2018) | Sega Ages Thunder Force AC (2020)|
|Thunder Force related media|
|Best of Thunder Force (1997) | Thunder Force VI Soundtrack Demo (2008) | Technosoft Music Collection: Thunder Force III & AC (2020)|