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Thunderstrike is a 3d spaceship shooter set in the year 2238, using a non-textured polygon graphics engine. As a pilot in the "Ground Defense Games", you must make your way through several arenas built on different planets. You can choose from four different ships, each with different properties (better/worse acceleration, top speed, or turning speed).

When you enter the arena, you are given several pyramids that you must defend from robotic drones sent out to collapse them. In addition to defending your pyramids, you must destroy the spawning centers that spawn not only drones, but an array of robotic fighters to hunt you down.

When you destroy a fighter, sometimes it will leave behind an upgrade pod (shield, turbo, power, or twin-fire). There are also tracks that you can latch your ship onto to travel the perimeter of the arena quickly.

At the end of each round, your performance is reviewed, and if you did good, your ship is upgraded and you move on to the next round.


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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1990 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1990 885 out of 1000 88
The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1990 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1990 10.2 out of 12 85
Amiga Action Apr, 1992 69 out of 100 69
Zzap! Oct, 1990 65 out of 100 65
Amiga Joker Oct, 1990 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Oct, 1990 55 out of 100 55
Amiga Power May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33


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  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #4 Best Shoot-'em-Up Game in 1990 (Atari ST)

EboMike (3005) added Thunderstrike (Amiga) on Nov 17, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Clayton Cushman (192) and Terok Nor (23110)