ThunderBlade

Critic Score User Score
TurboGrafx-16
...
3.9
Commodore 64
70
3.5
MSX
...
2.8
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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 Arcade End of level ship.
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 3 (Top-down perspective)
ThunderBlade DOS The high scores (CGA)
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stationary on the ground

Alternate Titles

  • "Thunder Blade" -- Alternate spelling
  • "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

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1989 8.8 out of 12 73
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Retrogaming.it Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1989 8 out of 12 67
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Jan, 1989 644 out of 1000 64
Gaming since 198x SEGA Master System Feb 01, 2009 1 out of 5 20

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Trivia

The Commodore 64 version came with a 'Art of Noise' (electronic music) mix tape. They were very popular dance music collective in the eighties apparently!
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