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

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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
GamePro (US) Oct, 1993 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Apr, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Feb, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Game Players Jan, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun Sep, 1993 85 out of 100 85 Sep 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80 Aug 03, 2004 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Feb 24, 2008 D 25


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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 (21127) added AH-3 Thunderstrike (SEGA CD) on Feb 22, 2004