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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 ZX Spectrum Some explosions
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 A fireball coming toward you
ThunderBlade MSX Game over
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 2 (Top-down perspective)

Alternate Titles

  • "Thunder Blade" -- Alternate spelling
  • "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)

The Press Says

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
64'er Commodore 64 Apr, 1989 13 out of 15 87 Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Nov 14, 2000 C- 42 SEGA Master System Feb 09, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
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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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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