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Thunderhawk AH-73M a 3D action/simulation helicopter game. The game is set in the future where you are a pilot of MERLIN, an elite command, which is commanded by the United Nations. Their task is it to defuse and prevent crisis situations approximately around the globe in time that these expand to genuine conflicts. With MERLIN you fly the new Thunderhawk AH-73M combat helicopter against conflicts all over the world.

Gameplay consists of flying campaigns in ten areas of the world, where you must complete primary and secondary objectives. Each campaign is typically made out of around five missions that are themed according to real life events from the part of the world they take place in.

Your helicopter is loaded with weapons at the start of the mission; machine gun, fire and forget rockets, depth charges, bombs and missiles. When a mission demands specific type of armament, such as a runway cratering system for airbase objective it is automatically loaded. You encounter various hostiles during the missions, both airborne and land based which can be taken care of with the loaded armament.

Once the primary objective is completed you need to return safely to base. Your helicopter can only sustain a limited amount of damage, so you have to plot your course wisely.


Thunderhawk AH-73M Atari ST Intro.
Thunderhawk AH-73M Atari ST Title screen.
Thunderhawk AH-73M Atari ST Ready for take-off
Thunderhawk AH-73M Atari ST Enter your name.

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ST Format Nov, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Atari ST User Oct, 1991 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1991 8 out of 12 67


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  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #6 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list


The game used an innovative mouse control scheme for its time for platforms supporting mice. The mouse was used for basic helicopter flight control such as collective, rotating, yaw and transitioning between hovering and forward/backward flight.
Christian Klein (6023) added Thunderhawk AH-73M (Atari ST) on Aug 24, 2003
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