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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 There are a variety of land and air targets to shoot at
ThunderBlade MSX Flying high into the air
ThunderBlade DOS Get ready for the first level (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 2 (3rd-person perspective)

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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

64'er Commodore 64 Apr, 1989 13 out of 15 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 800 out of 1000 80
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Génération 4 TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 8.2 out of 12 68
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
Génération 4 SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 62 out of 100 62
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Dec 31, 2006 35 out of 100 35
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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