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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 DOS Bombing targets (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 4 (3rd-person perspective)
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Game over
ThunderBlade Atari ST Flying behind the 'copter.

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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

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 793 out of 1000 79
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
The One Atari ST Jan, 1989 65 out of 100 65
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 61 out of 100 61
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS May 18, 2015 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Games Preview Amiga Jan, 1989 52 out of 100 52
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA Master System Jul 09, 2005 3 out of 10 30


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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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