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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 Stationary on the ground
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 4 (Top-down perspective)
ThunderBlade Commodore 64 There are a variety of land and air targets to shoot at
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Shot in mid-air

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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 (76)

Critic Reviews

Play Time TurboGrafx-16 Jun, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 800 out of 1000 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1989 8.8 out of 12 73
The One Amiga Jan, 1989 69 out of 100 69
Génération 4 TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Sep 04, 2008 6 out of 10 60 Nintendo 3DS Jun 09, 2015 6 out of 10 60
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 54 out of 100 54


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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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