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Thrust

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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2.9
Commodore 64
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3.7
Atari 2600
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4.3
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Description

Thrust brings realistic physics and inertia-based movement into arcade games, directly influencing titles like Oids, as well as Exile from Audiogenic by the same author. The action is viewed from the side, with the graphics drawn in vectors, in keeping with the mathematical nature of everything that unfolds.

As a Resistance fighter, the player must fly into enemy lines in order to steal Klystron Pods to power more advanced starships, using your tractor beam to take them. A network of mounted guns are aiming to shoot the player down – these can be disabled by shooting their power source, but eventually this will explode, forcing the player to flee. Some of the later levels feature reverse gravity, which increases the difficulty of the gameplay.

Screenshots

Thrust Electron Level 3: On my way to outer space with the stolen pod
Thrust Electron Standard Superior software loading screen
Thrust Atari 8-bit The mission completion screen
Thrust BBC Micro In the second level you'll need to navigate into a cave

Alternate Titles

  • "Thrust+" -- Atari 2600 v1.2 release name

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Dec 23, 2001 A 100
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 94 out of 100 94
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 89 out of 100 89
Zzap! Commodore 16, Plus/4 Aug, 1987 88 out of 100 88
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Jun, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Atari ST May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gamer BBC Micro Aug, 1986 15 out of 20 75
ST Action Atari ST Jun, 1988 48 out of 100 48

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Thrust appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Original Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Budget Game of the Year

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