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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 1 Get Ready screen
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 In this stage, most ground-based cars and other vehicles do not pose a threat
ThunderBlade MSX Lots of explosions
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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User Reviews

A must-own classic. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (76)

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Arcade May, 1988 8.5 out of 10 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1989 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Commodore User Amiga Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC May, 1989 785 out of 1000 78
Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69 Nintendo 3DS Jun 09, 2015 6 out of 10 60
Games Preview Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 51 out of 100 51


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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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