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ThunderBlade

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Atari ST
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DOS
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TurboGrafx-16
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3.9
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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 DOS One of the 3D portions of the game (CGA)
ThunderBlade DOS One of the 3D portions of the game (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 4 (Top-down perspective)
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Name Entry

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)

The Press Says

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Zzap! Amiga Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 46 out of 100 46
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Nov 14, 2000 C- 42

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Trivia

The helicopter design is reminiscent of the copter in the Blue Thunder film by John Badham (1982) and TV series spin-off (1984).
Contributed to by FatherJack (38493), Martin Smith (63162), Terok Nor (18430), Игги Друге (43527) and *Katakis* (37809)