Lords of Thunder
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|Lords of Thunder|
|System(s): Sega Mega-CD|
|Publisher: Sega (US), Hudson Soft (Europe)|
|Developer: Hudson Soft, Eleven|
|Distributor: Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe)|
|Licensor: Hudson Soft|
|Original system(s): PC Engine|
|Number of players: 1|
Lords of Thunder is a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up released for a number of platforms including the Sega Mega-CD. It is a sequel to Hudson Soft's earlier shooter, Gate of Thunder. The Mega-CD version was not released in Japan.
The game is noted for its guitar-driven, metal soundtrack.
Ages ago, the dark god Deoric was vanquished by the legendary knight Drak and the Goddess Luxia and sealed beneath the six continents of Mistral.
Now, the Garuda Empire, led by Sornbul and his six generals, has invaded the lands of Mistral and conquered its six continents. Sornbul intends to resurrect the dark god Deoric and plunge Mistral into eternal darkness. With the armies of Mistral defeated, Duran, the last descendant of Drak, must take up Drak's mystical armor and battle the demon armies of the Garuda Empire himself, defeating Sornbul and his six generals.
The game is a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up played as the viking-like knight Duran, who flies through the stages in his magical armor. The player can choose from four different armors before every stage, each corresponding to a different element (earth, wind, fire, and water). Before each stage, the player can choose the next stage from any of the remaining six continents and the armor to equip and can purchase mystical items from a shop. When enemies are slain, they drop items, including crystals that are used to purchase items.
Duran can be moved in any direction with the D-pad. He shoots his primary weapon with ; the button can be held for continuous fire. His weapon has unlimited ammunition and changes depending on the armor that the player has chosen. It has three different levels and can be upgraded by collecting or purchasing Magic Gems. He attacks enemies in melee range with his sword, which is stronger than his ranged attacks but has a much smaller area of effect. He can summon an elemental with , which is a large area attack that attacks all enemies on the screen. The elemental also changes depending on the armor equipped. Elementals are limited and must be purchased. The player starts with one orb and can hold up to three elemental orbs at a time.
Duran has a power meter that shows his weapon power and a life meter that shows his health. The power meter has three tiers (red, yellow, and blue), which correspond to his weapon level. When he collects enough power to reach a new tier, his weapon becomes more powerful and covers a larger area. If he takes damage from an enemy or hazard, he loses both life and power, possibly downgrading his weapon. He is momentarily stunned and cannot move or attack after taking damage. His life and power, as well as the number of elemental orbs that he possesses, are retained from stage to stage. He can replenish both life and power by collecting items dropped from enemies or by purchasing items from the shop. If he runs out of life, the game ends, but the player can purchase continues from the item shop.
The player can choose which armor to equip before each stage begins. The armor choice determines the primary attack and the elemental attack. Some armors are more challenging to use than others.
|Shoots small energy bolts horizontally, which are surrounded by intermittent strikes of lightning, giving the combined attack a tall area of effect. At level 2, the rate of the lightning strikes increases. At level 3, the attack also gains lightning strikes at acute angles. Its attacks are piercing at all levels. Its elemental attack conjures large columns of lightning that encircle Duran before dissipating.|
|Shoots small energy bolts horizontally, which are surrounded by tall, shield-shaped waves. At level 2, the waves become larger and travel outward in a conical shape. At level 3, waves also shoot out from behind Duran. Covers the most area of all the armors but does less damage. Its elemental attack is a circle of waves that radiate out from Duran and then contract back into him.|
|Shoots small fireballs horizontally and also drops fire bombs downward, which explode into a small pillar of flame upon hitting the ground or an enemy. At level 2, it gains another stream of fire bombs, which arc upward. At level 3, the fire bombs gain greatly increased area damage on impact. Covers the least area of all the armors but consistently does high damage. Its elemental attack is a shower of flaming rocks that fall in two waves and pummel enemies.|
|Shoots small fireballs horizontally with two additional shots at acute angles, covering a large area even at level. At level 2, the two shots are replaced with streams of large fireballs that move across the screen in a sinusoid, covering a tall area. At level 3, the streams of large fireballs now oscillate between 90 degrees. The large fireballs at levels 2 and 3 are piercing. Its elemental attack is a fire dragon that seeks out and attacks enemies.|
The player can spend crystals to buy mystic supplies before each stage begins.
Items are left behind by defeated enemies and can be collected by flying over them.
|Worth 5 crystals, which can be spent on mystic supplies.|
|Worth 25 crystals, which can be spent on mystic supplies.|
|Restores 4 health points.|
|Magic Gem Level 1|
|Restores 1 magic point.|
|Magic Gem Level 2|
|Restores 5 magic points.|
The first six stages can be played in any order. The Dark Tower unlocks when all six have been completed.
|The Dark Tower|
- Main article: Lords of Thunder/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
- Main article: Lords of Thunder/Technical information.
ROM dump status
NEC Retro has more information related to Lords of Thunder
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 36
- GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 4: April 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 18
- Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 5 May 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 46
- GamePro, "April 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 52
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- GamesMaster, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-06-08), page 44
- Mega Fun, "06/95" (DE; 1995-05-24), page 76
- Next Generation, "May 1995" (US; 1995-04-18), page 97
- Player One, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 154
- Sega Power, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-06-15), page 61
- Video Games, "6/95" (DE; 1995-05-17), page 94
- VideoGames, "May 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 79
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