Rolling Thunder

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a game by Tengen
Genre: Action
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 7.2/10, based on 6 reviews
User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder
  • Type: Action
  • Levels of Play: 20
  • Difficulty: Hard

The arcade hit Rolling Thunder is finally here for the NES! All of the features from the coin-op are here, including dual levels of play, different weapons, and multiple levels of shoot-em-out adventure!

As in most action games, you're constantly moving toward the right, blasting anything that gets in your way. A wide variety of different guards will try to stop your progress, and they become increasingly difficult as you approach the final confrontation with the Big Boss who holds your girl captive.

People say:


Rolling Thunder is a tough game, but it's not so difficult that it becomes frustrating. Since most of the enemy characters appear in the same location, it's essentially a pattern game, but the super graphics and strong game play make this one of my favorites in the genre.


Very addicting side-scrolling shoot-em-up that is also a very difficult game. Normally, difficult games mean frustration, but Rolling Thunder doesn't give that impression. A limited number of continues requires a lot of practice, but a passcode feature helps. Limited graphics and good game play.


This is an O.K. scrolling action game that has nothing spectacular, except for plenty of challenge - even for the most seasoned players. Not a lot of depth either, but you don't have to be a fan of the arcade version to appreciate this translation.


This is a cool action game that some may find to be way too hard for their liking. The upper levels are very intense, but the action is coupled with some great graphics and play techniques. The passcode is a must for this cart, which should entertain gamers who blast through similar games in a day.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

You're the slickest secret agent since James Bond himself! Now you must infiltrate a terrorist organization and rescue your partner - alone! Great arcade action brings you all the looks and feel of the coin-op classic.

Go into the game and press START to pause the game play. Now press RIGHT, LEFT, DOWN, RIGHT, A, and then START. You will hear music and you will then fade into the next level. You can keep doing this in every level until you get to the end of the game!

Here's a new three dimensional role playing game from Kemco Seika. Based on the popular computer title, this translation has great first person scrolling and better graphics. Hours of involving game play.

Translated from one of the better single-player action entries to appear in the arcades, this Namco-licensed title succeeds in beefing up the Tengen library of games with another solid game that holds plenty of surprises! Although Rolling Thunder adopts a fairly standard run and shoot theme, it throws in all kinds of different obstacles and impediments that can be used for protection as well. You are also able to play on two separate levels at any time in many areas, further expanding the number of options available at any time.

Rolling Thunder continues to increase the depth of play by adding special doors that our hero can enter to retrieve extra ammo or even a better, machine-gun weapon. One of the most noticeable features of Rolling Thunder is the high level of difficulty that the cart embraces from the first stage right up to the final confrontation with the wizard-like Boss. This is a tough game that's sure to test even the most invincible veterans of similar battles. But this is just one more advantage that Rolling Thunder has over much of its competition.

You can tell how good a fast-action Nintendo game really is by how quickly your fingers and thumbs begin to cramp up and go numb. In games like Ninja Gaiden, Contra, and Double Dragon, the action is so fast and relentless that you have to hit the pause button now and then just to flex your fingers.

Rolling Thunder from Tengen is one of those games - a guaranteed thumb-numbing action thriller. Basically, it's a shoot-to-kill secret agent adventure with a science fiction twist. There are enough alien attackers, hooded thugs, and cloaked ninjas to keep the fastest fingers flying. And make no mistake, shooting to kill is just about the whole game.

Based on the popular arcade game, Rolling Thunder pits your gun-toting hero - a member of the Rolling Thunder secret police - against the insidious hordes of Mabu, an alien intruder who is directing the Evil Society in the ultimate conquest of the world. Mabu's thugs have captured a policewoman, Leila, and are holding her in the alien's secret underground fortress.

Starting at the entrance to the fortress, you shoot your way through ten levels of increasingly difficult and deadly enemies. There are several different kinds of hooded thugs with varying degrees of power; ninjas who suddenly drop from the walls; ape-men and panthers that leap at you; bats with human faces; and alien balls of flame that split apart and attack when shot. And you must get by them all before time runs out for Leila.

To get very far, you have to quickly learn the attack patterns of your enemies. They come at you in predictable ways, but there are enough variations to keep the game interesting.

To finish all the levels and face Mabu takes a good eye and very fast fingers. If you get shot, or if your life gauge drops to zero for any reason, you lose a life. You have three lives, and you can continue the game three times - in other words, nine tries in all before you have to start over. However, there are passwords in areas 3,5,7, and 9 that let you start over from those levels.

If you enjoy playing secret agent and shooting your way through scores of enemies, Rolling Thunder will captivate you with its excellent graphics, furious action, and clever array of enemies.

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