Thunder Cross (サンダークロス Sandā Kurosu ) is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game released in arcades by Konami in 1988. Thunder Cross used a "layered scrolling" background, a new 2D graphics technique at the time. It was later featured as part of the Oretachi Geesen budget line-up on the PlayStation 2 in Japan, and spawned a sequel, Thunder Cross II. It was also released in 2017 for PlayStation 4 in Japan as part of Arcade Archives.
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 and its earlier model the Red Thunder M-24.
Thunder Cross is a classic horizontal shooter with 7 stages. Players control the Thunder fighter with up to four "options", which arrange up and down vertically and attack at the player's will.
Your ship can collect up to 4 options. In the US version, you start with two of them already. I won't comment on what this says about US gamers' skills... You may also choose between 3 different weapons : Vulcan (rapid-fire), Boomerang (bouncy bullets) and Tail Gun (shoots backwards and forwards).
In the US version, also there it's a smart bomb (called, bizarrely, "Li'l Baby") which destroys everything on screen. In the European and Japanese versions it is used to adjust the separation of your multiples, which adds a nice strategic touch.
|1||First Attack||Egger||First Attack|
|3||Machine Graveyard||Garch Jaeger||Machine Graveyard|
|4||Great Battleship||Bigger||Great Battleship|
|5||Endless Labyrinth||Bogger||Endless Labyrinth|
|6||Fire Cavern||Figger||Fire Cavern|
|7||Final Base||Machinegar||Final Base|
There are at least three distinct versions : Japanese, US and European. Oddly, the US and Japanese versions have a different level order as well as the weaponry mentioned above.
- Emon • 5 got his BGM pack from the Thunder Cross series, and inside the BGM pack from this game is also included.
- Thunder Cross is one of the names in Latvian for the Swastika.
|Thunder Cross/Thunder Cross II|
|Ships and characters||Blue Thunder M-45 and Red Thunder M-24 • Black Impulse|
|Thunder Cross stages||First Attack • Skyscrapper City • Machine Graveyard • Great Battleship • Endless Labyrinth • Fire Cavern • Final Base|
|Thunder Cross II stages||Air Battle • Machine Fortress • Space Fortress • Waste Factory • Large Battleship • Star Light •|
|Thunder Cross bosses||Egger • Ganger • Garch Jaeger • Bigger • Bogger • Figger • Machinegar|
|Thunder Cross II bosses||Eggerdroid • Ragamuffin • Redcraw Monster • Dinosaur Jr. • Brookans Works • Laze Zoguylum • Sprouts Layber|
|Gradius video games|
|Gradius series||Gradius • Gradius II • Gradius III • Gradius Gaiden • Gradius IV: Fukkatsu • Gradius Galaxies • Gradius V • Gradius ReBirth • Gradius: The Interstellar Assault • Gradius NEO • Gradius NEO Imperial|
|Spin-offs||Salamander (Life Force) (MSX ver.)• Salamander 2 • Nemesis 2 (Nemesis '90 Kai) • Nemesis 3 • Nemesis (Game Boy) • Cosmic Wars • Solar Assault|
|Parody games||Parodius • Parodius Da! • Gokujō Parodius! • Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius • Sexy Parodius • Paro Wars • Otomedius (Otomedius Gorgeous) • Otomedius Excellent|
|Other games||Scramble • Thunder Cross • Thunder Cross II • Space Manbow • Force Gear|
|Pachislot||Gradius: The Slot • CR Parodius Da! EX • Gokuraku Parodius!|
|Cancelled||Vic Viper • Gradius Arc • Salamander HD Remaster|