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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 Flying through the city at night.
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Title screen

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1988 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1989 9 out of 12 75
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
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 4 out of 10 40
Sega-16.com Feb 09, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Defunct Games Dec 31, 2006 35 out of 100 35
Gaming since 198x Feb 01, 2009 1 out of 5 20


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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 (18404) added ThunderBlade (SEGA Master System) on Oct 14, 2004
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