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ThunderBlade (SEGA Master System)

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Aboard the lethal Gunship Gladiator helicopter, it is your job to ensure that a coup fails to install a dictator as leader.

The game features 12 levels split into three distinct styles. First of all you'll be flying over a city in your helicopter, shooting out tanks by ducking low enough to target them, but also climbing to avoid the skyscrapers in the area. The third section is viewed similarly, but sees you attempting to wipe out the planes mounted on an aircraft carrier.

The second section is viewed behind your helicopter in full 3D, and adds helicopters and planes to be shot, with dodging their bullets as you duck down to shoot the tanks being the main challenge.


ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Destroying part of the fuselage.
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Tanks at a crossroad
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System You also have to fly through cave and avoid the pillars of stone.
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Game over

Alternate Titles

  • "Thunder Blade" -- Alternate spelling
  • "サンダーブレード" -- Japanese Spelling

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A must-own classic. Ash_1 (55) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

VideoGame Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Feb, 1989 71 out of 100 71
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 644 out of 1000 64
Génération 4 Dec, 1988 62 out of 100 62
Retrogaming History Sep 04, 2008 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
The Video Game Critic Nov 14, 2000 C- 42
Defunct Games Dec 31, 2006 35 out of 100 35
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jul 09, 2005 3 out of 10 30


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The helicopter design is reminiscent of the copter in the Blue Thunder film by John Badham (1982) and TV series spin-off (1984).
Terok Nor (21023) added ThunderBlade (SEGA Master System) on Oct 14, 2004
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