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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 SEGA Master System Destroying part of the fuselage.
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System You also have to fly through cave and avoid the pillars of stone.
ThunderBlade DOS Blasting ground targets (CGA)
ThunderBlade Arcade End of level ship.

Promo Images

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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 (55)

Critic Reviews

Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Amiga Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1989 8.8 out of 12 73
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1989 72 out of 100 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
The One Atari ST Jan, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 7.8 out of 12 65
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 65 out of 100 65
Génération 4 SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 62 out of 100 62
Games Preview Amiga Jan, 1989 52 out of 100 52

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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).
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