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SEGA Master System
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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 Atari ST First stage
ThunderBlade MSX Loading screen
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 A fireball coming toward you
ThunderBlade DOS Get ready for the first level (EGA/Tandy)

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)

Critic Reviews

ST/Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Zzap! Amiga Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 8.2 out of 12 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 7.8 out of 12 65
The One Atari ST Jan, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Jan, 1989 644 out of 1000 64
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 46 out of 100 46
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Dec 31, 2006 35 out of 100 35


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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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