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AH-3 Thunderstrike is a helicopter sim/shooter. You will pilot the AH-3 over 10 operations all over the world. Each operation is composed of several missions, such as destroying tanks, or destroying bridges, or escorting trucks, and so on.

Thunderstrike's graphics consist of scaled sprites arranged to create a 3D environment. It makes use of the Sega CD's scaling and rotation hardware to create this effect with a smooth frame rate.


AH-3 Thunderstrike SEGA CD Patroling the Panama Canal
AH-3 Thunderstrike SEGA CD Targeting the enemy in a canyon
AH-3 Thunderstrike SEGA CD Locked on Target
AH-3 Thunderstrike SEGA CD Night Mission

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Alternate Titles

  • "Thunderhawk" -- European & Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Sega Force Dec 09, 1993 95 out of 100 95
Play Time Oct, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Power Unlimited Feb, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Apr, 1994 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Oct, 1993 4.5 out of 5 90
neXGam 2007 8.9 out of 10 89
Video Games Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Mean Machines Nov, 1993 84 out of 100 84 Aug 03, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Edge Nov, 1993 7 out of 10 70


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The "Select operation" map in Thunderstrike is identical to the "Next race" map in Core's earlier game, Jaguar XJ220.


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quizzley7 (21131) added AH-3 Thunderstrike (SEGA CD) on Feb 22, 2004