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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 TurboGrafx-16 Stage 4 Get Ready screen
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Launched two missiles (3rd-person perspective)
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Starting out
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Shot in mid-air

Promo Images

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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

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Nov, 1988 80 out of 100 80 Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS May 18, 2015 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Sep 04, 2008 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 6.4 out of 12 53
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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