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Operation Thunderbolt (Amiga)

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Description

Operation Thunderbolt is the exciting sequel to Operation Wolf. An airliner is hijacked by terrorists en-route from Paris to Boston, who threaten to kill all hostages on board if their mates aren't released from jail. Instead of reaching its destination, the airliner makes a landing in Kalubya, Africa, and all the hostages are hidden in various locations. The authorities have asked the hero from Operation Wolf to rescue the hostages, but only this time, the hero brings his friend along for the ride.

There are eight missions to complete in Operation Thunderbolt, and each one has you shooting down soldiers, choppers, and tanks. The gameplay varies every one or two missions. In some missions, you are driving a jeep or controlling a boat, while in others, you are walking while you're shooting. You have a limited supply of ammo, and a limited supply of rocket bombs, but you can always stock up by shooting down crates falling from the sky, or by killing a cat or dog that get in the line of fire. Also from crates, you can get special items like bulletproof vests, rocket bombs, and different weapons.

You also have a life bar to worry about. If you're shot at by soldiers, or if rocket bombs or grenades are thrown at you, you 'll lose energy, and once you're energy is depleted, you lose one of your three lives. You can lose a lot of energy by killing hostages on purpose, and you can't easily avoid killing them if you decide to use rocket bombs to wipe out enemies. The eighth mission, the mission that involves you fighting terrorists on a plane, proves to be difficult because a woman in a blue dress stands up and gets in the line of fire, and you have to very careful when you're going to use rocket bombs.

There are two endings to this game, and which ending you can watch will depend on the number of hostages you've saved, and whether or not you shot the pilot instead of the mission eight boss.

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Operation Thunderbolt Amiga Mission 7
Operation Thunderbolt Amiga Mission 2
Operation Thunderbolt Amiga Mission 8
Operation Thunderbolt Amiga One of the hostages that you have to save in Mision 4

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The Press Says

Zzap! Jan, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Amiga Joker Feb, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Action Apr, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Feb, 1990 56 out of 100 56
Amiga Power May, 1991 3 out of 6 50

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Trivia

On February 28, 1991, Operation Thunderbolt was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.
*Katakis* (37801) added Operation Thunderbolt (Amiga) on Jun 06, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Trypticon (7275), Martin Smith (63156), Dan K (166) and *Katakis* (37801)