R-Type III: The Third Lightning

a game by Irem Corp.


Genres: Action, Shooting Games

See also: R-Type Games

R-Type III The Third Lightning is finally coming to the States courtesy of the folks at Jaleco. In this installment of popular series, you will witness awesome sound effects, intense graphics, and some totally unbelievable Mode 7 scenes! This shooter has everything you could ask for and a whole lot more. Now you can equip your ship with three different types of force pods, giving you more choices than ever before. Each pod is unique and different from one another when powered up. There is also a sound test so you can here the great sounds without the enemies.


This is the perfect shooter! The graphics and sounds along with the guns and game play make this great.


This game, like all good shooters, is very challenging and a little hard--maybe a little too hard.


Since the game plays so well, you have nothing and no one to blame but yourself when you die!

  • Manufacturer: JALECO
  • # of players: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: MODERATE
  • Available: AUGUST 1994
  • Cartridge size: 16 MEG
  • No. of Levels: n/a

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Fasten your seat-belts, rocket jockeys, R-Type III is airborne. You know what that means: solid side-scrollin' shootin' action against the evil Bydo Empire.


The latest in the R-Type series matches the high standards of its predecessors. Again you fly a fighter into six strange alien worlds, some of which resemble erector sets or the inside of a monster's bloodstream. The action's not frantically fast, but it's addictive.


  • Don't waste time shooting flying eyeballs. They're easy to dodge, and you have faster foes to worry about.
  • Line up these caterpillarlike enemies so they'll drop right into your line of fire.

You fire familiar R-Type weapons, most notably a plasma blast that wipes out everything in its path. The power- up Pods can fire fore or aft, as in previous R-Types. Crisp controls and the new ability to select three weapons systems before you launch will make you a space ace in no time.

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The look is instantly recognizable to R-Type fans, but with some new touches. Additional foreground elements overlay the action, and some bosses zoom in from the background with effective scaling. The intro footage has almost disappeared, however, and some enemies get awfully small.

The sound effects are standard. Mediocre explosions and zaps punctuate the generic rockin' soundtrack.

If you fly to the right, aim your weapons behind you to nail enemies on your tail.

There's a reason the R-Types are still flyin' after all these years, and it won't take you long to discover what it is. For decent space shootin', blast off with R-Type III.

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: SNES
  • Manufacturer: Jaleco.

Mindless entertainment. You might say that, but this is one of the most excellent shooters to come down the pike in a long time! The levels are fiendish, and most of the bosses are huge and very nasty. Forget your brain and get that finger twitchin'!!!

reggie posted a review
  • # of players: 1 or 2-player
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: 1st Qtr. '94
  • Theme: Shooter

Just when R-Type fans thought there was nothing more to do, here comes R-Type III! This time it is 16-Meg, with bigger levels and badder Bosses! Now, you have three Pods to choose from, each with its own special powers, depending on what icon you collect! Loaded with Mode 7, killer sound effects and music, this is one shooter to keep an eye on! Play alone, or with two players in the "take turn" mode! Remember to grab the usual icons from Super R-type, like the Speed-Up icon, and fasten your seat belts and blast off!

reggie posted a review

Gameplay is still the classic R-Type way with huge levels and bosses. With your detachable laser unit, you can fire in front or behind your ship. R-Type III now features three different kinds of laser unit, selectable at the start of a game. Each offers different laser types depending on the power-ups collected.

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