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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 TurboGrafx-16 Don't crash into the rockface
ThunderBlade Commodore 64 There are a variety of land and air targets to shoot at
ThunderBlade Atari ST Flying behind the 'copter.
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Boss

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

ST/Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Power Play Arcade May, 1988 8.5 out of 10 85
Amiga Computing Amiga Jan, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Raze TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1989 71 out of 100 71 Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
The One Amiga Jan, 1989 69 out of 100 69
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 65 out of 100 65
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 54 out of 100 54


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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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