The terrorist organization Black Dawn has taken over a moonbase and its neighboring space station. John Ryan, known as Red Thunderbolt, is the only one who can put definitely a term to Black Dawn's evil ambitions.
The player play John Ryan in a side scrolling action shooter, a bit similar to Shinobi. The player have to uses John Ryan's skills, like switching into gravity modes, to disarms bombs in a limited time before proceding to the next stage. Power ups can also be found to help Ryan on his mission. At the end of some levels, a quizz-like bonus stage, the player have to answers correctly the questions based on Science Fiction and space culture.