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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 Commodore 64 Target destroyed!
ThunderBlade MSX Bombing the sealed turrets
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Flying through the city at night.
ThunderBlade DOS Title screen (EGA/Tandy)

Alternate Titles

  • "Thunder Blade" -- Alternate spelling
  • "3D Thunder Blade" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "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

ST/Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
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
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Raze TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1989 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1989 8 out of 12 67
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Jan, 1989 644 out of 1000 64


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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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