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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 SEGA Master System Destroying part of the fuselage.
ThunderBlade DOS Oops, I've been hit! (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum Behind the 'copter.
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 3 (Top-down 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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A must-own classic. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (55)

Critic Reviews

Power Play Arcade May, 1988 8.5 out of 10 85
Amiga Computing Amiga Jan, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 8.2 out of 12 68
Games Preview Amiga Jan, 1989 52 out of 100 52
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50 SEGA Master System Feb 09, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Dec 31, 2006 35 out of 100 35


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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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