A single player takes on the role of a James Bond-esque secret agent
Albatross, who is a member of the
agency. His mission is to stop a criminal organization known as Geldra,
as well as rescuing a captured agent, Lelia Blitz, and overthrowing
Geldra's leader, Maboo.
Rolling Thunder is a horizontally-scrolling platform
is very similar in styleand was an obvious influence onSega's
Shinobi, released a year later.
Like Shinobi, the action takes place on two levels of platforms; with the
player jumping and dropping as and when required. Each level is littered
with doors; most of these contain constantly emerging enemies and must be
carefully passed; some doors, however, also provide ammunition and new
weapons; such rooms are clearly marked. (arcade-history)
Inn 1990, Namco made a sequel, Rolling Thunder 2. Another game influenced by Rolling Thunder is Taito's Crime City.