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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 Blast the enemy.
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 1 (top-down perspective)
ThunderBlade DOS Blasting ground targets (CGA)
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 4 (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

Play Time TurboGrafx-16 Jun, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
The One Amiga Jan, 1989 69 out of 100 69
Génération 4 TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Jan, 1989 644 out of 1000 64
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 54 out of 100 54
Gaming since 198x SEGA Master System Feb 01, 2009 1 out of 5 20


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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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