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Description

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.

Screenshots

ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Shot in mid-air
ThunderBlade Atari ST First stage
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum Mayday!
ThunderBlade Arcade Desert blasting.

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. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (55)

Critic Reviews

Play Time TurboGrafx-16 Jun, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 8.2 out of 12 68
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 7.8 out of 12 65

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Trivia

The Commodore 64 version came with a 'Art of Noise' (electronic music) mix tape. They were very popular dance music collective in the eighties apparently!
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