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ThunderBlade

Critic Score User Score
MSX
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Arcade
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4.5
Sharp X68000
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4.0
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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 DOS One of the 3D portions of the game (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade Arcade Top-Down view.
ThunderBlade DOS Blasting ground targets (CGA)
ThunderBlade DOS The high scores (CGA)

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
CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 8.2 out of 12 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1989 8 out of 12 67
The One Atari ST Jan, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 6.4 out of 12 53
Hardcore Gaming 101 SEGA Master System 2000 4 out of 10 40

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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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