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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 DOS The high scores (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade DOS Get ready for the first level (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade MSX Shot down on the ground
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. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (55)

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Arcade May, 1988 8.5 out of 10 85
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 793 out of 1000 79
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 61 out of 100 61
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 54 out of 100 54
Games Preview Amiga Jan, 1989 52 out of 100 52
Games Preview Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 51 out of 100 51
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA Master System 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).
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