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Thunderstrike (DOS)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Thunderstrike DOS Performance assessment and ship upgrade
Thunderstrike DOS Title Screen
Thunderstrike DOS Hovering over water with an enemy drone in the distance.
Thunderstrike DOS Craft Selection

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The Press Says

The One Jul, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Sep, 1990 61 out of 100 61

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Awards

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

Clayton Cushman (192) added Thunderstrike (DOS) on Feb 20, 2002
Other platforms contributed by EboMike (3009) and Terok Nor (18323)