R-Type III: The Third Lightning Image

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  • Summary: The Evil Bydo Empire seeks to wipe out our species, and you're the only one who can stop the assault. As the last pilot on Earth, you must fly the untested R-90 against the Evil Bydo. Along the way, you can earn force pods (Round Force, Shadow Force, and Cyclone Force) that equip your vessel with different sets of weapons. Blast your way through intense levels filled with enemy inhabitants, large bosses, and challenging obstacles. Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. A creative weapons system and great control make old-school space shooter R-Type III an action gamer's dream. [Apr 2004, p.122]
  2. While it’s not a perfect port, R-Type III still plays like it was made for the GBA. The few shortcomings are forgivable since the immortal gameplay of the original hasn’t changed.
  3. This is an old school shooter and it’s a great example of what an old school shooter is and should be.
  4. 45
    It looks great, absolutely. But the level design and collision detection, as well a sluggish pace and poor use of background music...well, it all adds up. R-Type III is, simply put, a bad Game Boy Advance game.
  5. 35
    Perhaps one of the worst ports that I’ve ever had the misfortune to play. Casting aside all of the factors that made the SNES version such an entertaining game, R-Type III is simply a shallow husk whose only possible deliverance from being crap is its inexpensive price tag.
  6. Unfortunately, somehow the sound got completely butchered along the way to this cart. The cool rock tracks have been replaced by these nice, high pitched screeching noises. This is definitely a game to turn the volume down on.
  7. A terribly flawed shooter that won't evoke that many good memories, only the wish to find a SNES console and a copy of the game to play it the way it was originally intended.

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  1. Craptest
    Mar 19, 2004
    I was hoping for an improvemnt on the SNES original. We dont get that hear, Missing animation, reduced difficulty, altered music. This isnt R-Type III. Its a travesty. Not for serious fans. Expand
  2. MartinT.
    May 3, 2004
    Way too hard. After all, We're looking at a really little screen. The graphics are just good enough to let you know what you just crashed into. Why do people in my area want this game enough to not be able to find it? No, I don't live in Abilene, Texas. Expand