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 AttackEggerFirst Attack
2 Skyscrapper CityGangerSkywalker
3 Machine GraveyardGarch JaegerMachine Graveyard
4 Great BattleshipBiggerGreat Battleship
5 Endless LabyrinthBoggerEndless Labyrinth
6 Fire CavernFiggerFire Cavern
7 Final BaseMachinegarFinal 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-24Black Impulse
Thunder Cross stages First AttackSkyscrapper CityMachine GraveyardGreat BattleshipEndless LabyrinthFire CavernFinal Base
Thunder Cross II stages Air BattleMachine FortressSpace FortressWaste FactoryLarge BattleshipStar Light

Front Base

Thunder Cross bosses EggerGangerGarch JaegerBiggerBoggerFiggerMachinegar
Thunder Cross II bosses EggerdroidRagamuffinRedcraw MonsterDinosaur Jr.Brookrans WorksLaze ZoguylumSprouts Layber
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