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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 Arcade End of level ship.
ThunderBlade DOS One of the 3D portions of the game (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade Arcade Finished.
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum Some explosions

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

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
Amiga Computing Amiga Jan, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Nov, 1988 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
Génération 4 TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Nov 14, 2000 C- 42


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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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