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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 Title
ThunderBlade MSX Title screen
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 In this stage, most ground-based cars and other vehicles do not pose a threat

Promo Images

ThunderBlade Screenshot
ThunderBlade Screenshot
ThunderBlade Screenshot
ThunderBlade Screenshot

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

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) SEGA Master System Nov, 1988 80 out of 100 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 71 out of 100 71 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) Atari ST Jan, 1989 66 out of 100 66
The One Atari ST Jan, 1989 65 out of 100 65
Génération 4 SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 62 out of 100 62


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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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