Thunder Cross (video game)

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Thunder Cross
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Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s) Arcade, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Steam, Xbox One
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single player or 2 players simultaneously
Arcade system Konami Thunder Cross Based

Thunder Cross (サンダークロス) is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game released by Konami in 1988. It used a "layered scrolling" background, a new 2D graphics technique at the time. The game spawned a sequel, Thunder Cross II , in 1991. Owing to several similarities, Space Manbow (1989) may also be considered a spin-off.


In 2007, Thunder Cross was included as part of the Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono budget series on the PlayStation 2 in Japan. [1] It was later released as part of the Arcade Archives series on PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2017 [2] and Nintendo Switch worldwide in 2021, [3] and was added to Konami's Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch in 2019. [4]


Thunder Cross is a classic horizontal shooter with seven stages. Players control the Thunder fighter with up to four "options", which arrange up and down vertically and attack at the player's will. Three weapons are selectable ranging from the Vulcan shot to the Laser and the Boomerang shot (which doubles as a ricochet weapon). End-of-level bosses were present and, typical of a Konami shooter, Thunder Cross forced the player to beat the game twice in a harder Loop of the first seven levels.


Taking place in the future of space colonization, the planet Haniamu IV is under attack from a relentless, unknown military force known only as Black Impulse. The strongest Earth ships capable of stopping the total conquering of the planet are the Blue Thunder M-45 (player 1) and its earlier make the Red Thunder M-24 (player 2).



In Japan, Game Machine listed Thunder Cross on their December 1, 1988 issue as being the second most-successful table arcade unit at the time. [5]

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