Thunder Fox (サンダーフォックス) is a horizontally scrolling shooter created by Taito. It was released in arcades in 1990 and for the Sega Genesis in 1991.
In the year 199X, the world was lost in a vortex of terror. Malicious terrorism gripped the land, the sky, and the sea. There were two brave men who fought against this reign of violence. They were the anti-terrorism team, "THUNDER FOX."
Thunder Fox is a horizontally scrolling shooter, where the players take control of agents Thunder and Fox.Thunder is more efficient with firearms, while Fox is better in using a knife. The levels are all divided into multiple sections, from a military base to a plane. The action is focused on close combat with using the knife to attack, but there are also other weapons dropped by enemies like grenades, flame-throwers and handguns.
In Japan, Game Machine listed Thunder Fox on their August 15, 1990 issue as being the thirteenth most-successful table arcade unit of the year.
Thunder Fox was re-released for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 as part of the Taito Legends compilation.
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