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Description

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.

Screenshots

ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Flying through the city at night.
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stationary on the ground
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!
ThunderBlade Atari ST The title screen

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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

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1989 85 out of 100 85
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
Raze TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1989 66 out of 100 66
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 61 out of 100 61
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA Master System Jul 09, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Gaming since 198x SEGA Master System Feb 01, 2009 1 out of 5 20

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Trivia

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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