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Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Rolling Thunder - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You play a secret agent codenamed "Albatross", a member of the Rolling Thunder team. Your mission is to stop the criminal organization known as Geldra, rescue Agent Lelia Blitz and eventually overthrow Geldra's leader Maboo.

Rolling Thunder was produced by Atari Games in 1986.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Rolling Thunder was produced include: Road Runner, Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back, Gauntlet, Gauntlet (PlayChoice), Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Super Sprint, 720 Degrees, Championship Sprint, Gauntlet II, and A.P.B.


Name Rolling Thunder
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9362
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Rolling Thunder Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - FireJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Rolling Thunder Control Panel Image
PCB Rolling Thunder PCB Image

Game Introduction

This game is similar to Shinobi, but without the magic spells. The animation is very good and is set sometime during the 1960s. The main character Albatross is tall and the enemies are somewhat creepy. The intermission graphics are entertaining.

Game Play

This is a horizontal-scrolling shooter that is very similar to Shinobi. There are two levels you can walk on and to change levels, simply push the joystick up and press the Jump button.

There are many doors that lie along your path. Some of the doors are labelled and you can enter those rooms to pick-up more ammo or weapon upgrades. Doors that are not labeled often have enemies exiting them. In a pinch, you can duck inside a doorway to avoid a grenade or an enemy jumping on top of you, but do not stay in too long or you will end up fighting against several more enemies.

The player character only has eight units of energy -- two hits, and you are dead.

Rolling Thunder KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.81 (13 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.07

Overall Like 4.25
Fun (Social) 3.67
Fun (Solo) 4.33
Collector Desire 3.83

Technical Rating: 3.79

Gameplay 4.25
Graphics 3.69
Originality 4.08
Sound/Music 3.83

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cabinet Information

The cabinet was manufactured by Atari in 1987.


LICENSOR: Namco 1986

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Rolling Thunder Census

There are 14,748 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,472 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,455 machines (6,894 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 166 known instances of this machine owned by Rolling Thunder collectors who are active members. Of these, 99 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 64 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 8 active VAPS members with a Rolling Thunder machines for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Rolling Thunder circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 13 active VAPS members currently looking for Rolling Thunder. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Rolling Thunder boards sets.

This game ranks a 42 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 23 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The boardset is Namco System 86.


Quite often, there seems to be problems with three or four capacitors along rows A and B. When this problem exists, the digital audio is non-existant. According to, the capacitor at position A1 is a likely culprit.


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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 203; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 203; Color photo

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Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 1 460.00 460.00
2016 1 517.50 517.50
2017 1 488.75 488.75
All Years 3 488.75 488.75


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