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A difficult coin-op to convert but one that emerged as well presented, highly playable and great fun.
Lashings of low-cost violence and plenty of action, all served with a garnishing of mayonnaise and a side-order of smoothness and playability.
Look out for this one as Operation Thunderbolt is going to be a monster hit.
The Games Machine (UK)
Though certainly not packed with detail, graphics on odd-numbered levels are reasonable and scrolling's fine. The even numbered, racing game perspective levels move slowly and jerkily, and in both sections sprites are vague, blocky representations of those from the coin-op. One of Ocean's rare weak conversions.
Operation Thunderbolt on the C64 is a few rounds short of a full clip, to say the least. Dull backdrops, annoying, fluctuating difficulty level. A certain oomph is needed to keep you interested, but oomph is far from abundant in Thunderbolt's trousers.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Pretty ugly conversion of the blockbuster coin-op. Not half as good as Ocean's C64 Operation Wolf conversion.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
C-64-Besitzer sollten sich dieses Spiel wirklich nicht antun, denn auf dem Ballerspiel- und Metzel-Sektor gibt‘s wahrlich