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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 Your statistics
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 In this stage, most ground-based cars and other vehicles do not pose a threat
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Shot down
ThunderBlade MSX Level 2: Flying over a carrier deck

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)

The Press Says

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 87 out of 100 87
CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Nov, 1988 80 out of 100 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 793 out of 1000 79
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Génération 4 TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 46 out of 100 46
Hardcore Gaming 101 SEGA Master System 2000 4 out of 10 40
Gaming since 198x SEGA Master System Feb 01, 2009 1 out of 5 20


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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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