Thunder Force III

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Thunder Force III, released in 1990, is the first original game Technosoft developed for the Mega Drive.

Thunder Force III
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Title screen

Developer: Technosoft
Music: Person A
Program: Person B
Art: Person C
Release date: Release Date
Previous game: Thunder Force II
Next game: Thunder Force IV

Gameplay Overview

Thunderforce is a traditional shmup with a focus on memorization for survival. It is considered a relatively easy game to 1CC.


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  • A: Change Movement Speed
  • B: Fire
  • C: Change Weapon

Unlockable Secrets

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Characters / Ships / Styles

This section should include the characters or ships, if any, that the player can select in the game. Ideally, different "styles" (for games that use them, such as DoDonPachi) would also be included here.

If there is only one playable character and no elements to augment/customize your ship, this section can be omitted from the page.


All weapons that have been collected remain available to be switched to with the C button, unless they are lost by dying.

The ship starts with two weapons:

Name Image/Description Notes
Twin-Shot Example
Backfire Example

Additional weapons are added by collecting weapon items. On death, if any of these weapons is currently equipped, it is lose.

Name Image/Description Notes
Sever Example Upgrade to Twin-Shot
Lancer Example Upgrade to Backfire
Wave Example
Fire Example
Hunter Example

The claw item will increase the fire power of whichever weapon is equipped.


Name Image Description
Weapons Example Example
Shield Example Example
Claw Example Example
1-UP Example Example

Extra Lives


If the game features a relevant rank system, use this section to discuss it in more detail. Otherwise, this can be omitted.


The stage select screen

The player can choose which stage to start on. The stages the proceed in a clockwise order around the stage select screen.

  • Hydra
  • Gorgon
  • Seiren
  • Haides
  • Ellis

When all five initial stages are complete, the player proceeds to the final stages in the following order:

  • Cerberus
  • Orn Base


This section should cover a general breakdown of the scoring system of the game. Feel free to put the meat and potatoes here. A great example of a scoring section is the DoDonPachi page.


See (Template Page)/Strategy for stage maps, enemy and boss descriptions, walkthroughs, and advanced play strategies.

This section details some particular strategic information about the game and its gameplay, such as hidden 1UPs and some basic scoring tricks. For anything particularly deep or highly complex, you can probably leave it in the Strategy page.

(Currently evaluating whether or not this specific section should even include information outside of the separated Strategy pages. Worth thinking about as a community.)


Basic story breakdowns, plot information, and endings are included here.

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Development History

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Version Differences

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  • Cool facts and random tidbits go here!


See (Template Page)/Gallery for our collection of images and scans for the game.

Video References

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References & Contributors