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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 Shot down
ThunderBlade DOS Destroying tanks in this canyon (EGA/Tandy)
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum Behind the 'copter.
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Launched two missiles (3rd-person perspective)

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 (76)

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 70 out of 100 70 Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1989 8 out of 12 67
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 46 out of 100 46
Gaming since 198x SEGA Master System Feb 01, 2009 1 out of 5 20


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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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