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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 Amstrad CPC Loading screen
ThunderBlade MSX Level 2: Flying over a carrier deck
ThunderBlade Atari ST The title screen
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Title

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)

The Press Says

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC May, 1989 785 out of 1000 78
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 76 out of 100 76 Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1989 66 out of 100 66
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Nov 14, 2000 C- 42


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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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