User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

Thundercats

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
76
3.0
Amstrad CPC
...
...
Atari ST
82
...

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.


Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 4 2.9
Amstrad CPC 4 3.5
Atari ST 3 3.2
Commodore 64 5 3.0
ZX Spectrum 4 4.0
Combined MobyScore 20 3.3


The Press Says

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
93
Amstrad CPCACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Not one version but two: 464/664 users get fewer digitised graphics, and only 11 game levels. On the 6128 you'll get all 14, but either way the game looks great and plays better.
93
ZX SpectrumACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The game demands your full concentration, and gets it too. More than Green Beret, Ghosts and Goblins or anything else in this style, Thundercats goes the distance. It's graphically impressive too: the animation is stylish and the scrolling impeccable, with digitised backdrops adding enormously to the game atmosphere.
91
ZX SpectrumCrash!
There's the hallmark of Gargoyle's programming in Thundercats - most notably in the large, detailed and very well-animated graphics. It's one of those games which you'll think if just too hard when you first play it, but after a bit of practice there shouldn't be much difficulty getting through at least three levels. The action is fast, and you'll need quick reactions. Thundercats is probably the best thing Elite has produced since Ghosts 'N' Goblins.
90
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG)
If you like the Arcade games Rastan Saga and Rygar then you're going to want to add Thundercats to your collection - all the versions are well wicked. I reckon it could soon collect the same cult following as Ghosts and Goblins - and we can't wait for your maps and tips to start flooding in.
90
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
If you like the Arcade games Rastan Saga and Rygar then you're going to want to add Thundercats to your collection - all the versions are well wicked. I reckon it could soon collect the same cult following as Ghosts and Goblins - and we can't wait for your maps and tips to start flooding in.
90
Amstrad CPCComputer and Video Games (CVG)
If you like the Arcade games Rastan Saga and Rygar then you're going to want to add Thundercats to your collection - all the versions are well wicked. I reckon it could soon collect the same cult following as Ghosts and Goblins - and we can't wait for your maps and tips to start flooding in.
90
Atari STAtari ST User
Both games have enough variety of action- and gameplay to keep you occupied for a fair amount of time, though if I was forced to choose, I would have to say Thundercats has got that little bit extra going for it.
90
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
I was much reminded of Kung Fu Master while battling through Thundercats. The action is similar (the large and small creatures, for instance), but while the older game fell down because of sloppy graphics and play, Elite's effort climbs high in the addictivity stakes with its excellent design and brilliant joystick-destroying gameplay. The 128 version with nifty sound FX is utterly the cat's whiskers. So my advice is to get your paws on a copy as soon as possible. It's the top cat as far as I'm concerned.
90
AmigaACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Every bit as pretty as the ST version. Delightful animation and nasty opponents demonstrate the conversion work that went into it. The gameplay is the same, simple addictive mix of running and hacking with a sword. As with the ST version the game doesn't stand quite as well today as it did in 8-bit form in issue 3, but it's still pretty hot stuff.
90
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
No bad thing, that - the bright, well-drawn graphics are a sure sign of time well spent - but the game's scene has moved on, and if anything the action and animation have lost a certain something. In its simplicity the game's still unquestionably very addictive stuff, but bearing in mind the ST's enormously greater power you might have expected a little more.
87
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Slight differences in gameplay, obvious graphical tweaks and sensible use of colour make this a great slash 'em down.
85
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Cheap and cheerful arcade fun of the first order.
85
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
This version offers much-improved graphics and slick animation, which slightly slows the pace, but this is compensated for by shorter sword strokes demanding a greater precision in fighting. A tough, well-designed challenge, this is a compelling conversion that is a must for all ST owners, whether they be fans of the BBC series or not.
82
Amstrad CPCACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Recent releases have tended to shade Thundercats, but whether any of them offer better old-fashioned arcade action is another matter.
81
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
Although graphically very good - with the main character looking remarkably like his TV cartoon image - control is sluggish. Games of this ilk require instant responses from joystick movements for the player to get anywhere. At first, life after life was lost as Lion-I failed to exercise the lightning reflexes of his namesake. However, once the idiosyncrasies are compensated for, the thrills instilled by the Commodore 64/128 version begin to emerge and although sound should have been improved, Thundercats remains an excellent example of its genre.
80
Atari STThe Atari Times
This game is a fun platformer and even more fun for ThunderCats fans. It may be simplistic but it will certainly bring a few half hours of fun to anyone who picks it up. Fan or not.
77
Atari STST Action
Thundercats is neither a complete let-down nor a runaway success; its scrolling action together with the mini-mission contained within the game made me feel that it really lacked that special something. Sure enough I enjoyed playing the game, but I may have felt somewhat annoyed had I spent my hard-earned cash on it.
77
AmigaAmiga Action
The Molemen, agents of the evil Mumm-Ra, have launched an attack on the Cats-Lair and captured all the members of the Thundercats team.
75
Commodore 64Power Play
Durch die pausenlose Action wird man bestens unterhalten. Das gilt vor allem für die technisch sehr gute C64-Version, die gut animierte Sprites und tadelloses Scrolling bietet. Bei der Schneider CPC 6128-Version fehlt es an Tempo und an Farben. Außerdem spielt sie sich noch schwerer als die Commodore-Version, bei der einige Leute in unserer Redaktion bereits erhebliche Schwierigkeiten hatten, den ersten Level zu schaffen. Einsteiger seien vor dem Programm gewarnt, doch wer gut mit dem Joystick umgehen kann und Action-Spiele schätzt, wird mit Thundercats auf dem C64 zufrieden sein. Die CPC-Version spielt sich leider bei weitem nicht so gut und ist ein eher mäßiges Vergnügen.
70
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Kurz gesagt: Die Grafik entspricht modernen Ansprüchen, der Sound ist von Robb Hubbard, und die Motivation bzw. Schwierigkeit ist ganz oben anzusiedeln. Was will man eigentlich mehr? Zum absoluten Kracher (sprich: ASM-Tophit) hat es bei THUNDERCATS zwar nicht gereicht, trotzdem ist dieses Game gerade für Freunde dieses Genres eine erneute Herausforderung, die ihr Geld auf jeden Fall wert ist.
70
Atari STPower Play
Das Scrolling ist für ST-Verhältnisse ausgezeichnet und alle Sprites bewegen sich absolut ruckfrei. Die ST-Version von Thundercats spielt sich ebenso gut wie schwierig.
68
AmigaYour Amiga
Not a bad little game really; the graphics seemed to bear a close relation to the characters, the scrolling reasonable and the variety of gameplay adequate although more could have been made of the Amiga's facilities, such as sampled sound from the cartoon.
68
AmigaZzap!
As everybody knows, the Thundercats including Lion-o, fled their home planet of Thundera just before it was destroyed, and are travelling the stars in their lone spacecraft in search of a new home. They crashed on the Third Earth only to be threatened by another peril: the Ever-Living Mumm-Ra has kidnapped Tygra, Panthro and Wilykit and stolen the Eye of Thundera, a magical gem set into the hilt of Lion-o's Sword of Omens. Lion-o has to fight his way through 14 horizontally scrolling levels to get them back.
65
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
[Budget re-release] A single combat move and repetitive play make this a dull game. For avid fans only.
60
AmigaAmiga User International
In general Thundercats has been neatly programmed and presented. The characters are excellent representations of their TV counterparts, which is probably the game's most important point. It is not a game that will have you playing for months on end, and £24.99 is a bit over the top for what it offers. I found it rather uninteresting to play, but I'm sure Thundercats fans will get a lot more out of it.
60
Commodore 64Commodore User
Nothing gives the game the buoyancy to float into the good game category. True it's got some nice digitised pictures, and even the ubiquitous Rob Hubbard title track. It won't take one of the Christmas hot spots, but doubtless many Thundercats fans will be blinded by the licence.
55
Amstrad CPCPower Play
Durch die pausenlose Action wird man bestens unterhalten. Das gilt vor allem für die technisch sehr gute C64-Version, die gut animierte Sprites und tadelloses Scrolling bietet. Bei der Schneider CPC 6128-Version fehlt es an Tempo und an Farben. Außerdem spielt sie sich noch schwerer als die Commodore-Version, bei der einige Leute in unserer Redaktion bereits erhebliche Schwierigkeiten hatten, den ersten Level zu schaffen. Einsteiger seien vor dem Programm gewarnt, doch wer gut mit dem Joystick umgehen kann und Action-Spiele schätzt, wird mit Thundercats auf dem C64 zufrieden sein. Die CPC-Version spielt sich leider bei weitem nicht so gut und ist ein eher mäßiges Vergnügen.
50
AmigaCommodore User
Unlike a lot of Amiga software today, Thundercats makes no effort to look like an Amiga game. It is very similar to the ST version, which was no great shakes anyway. Although the sprites are reasonably well defined, the backdrops are bland, and animation surprisingly poor. The music is nothing to shout about (unless you want to shout “Turn that bloody awful music off!”) and is accompanied by rather lacklustre in-game FX. The actual game itself is of a very poor quality, consisting of little more than ‘run-bash-run-bash’ monotony. There may be an initial attraction to get through the first couple of levels, but after that, the consistently uninteresting gameplay will soon have you reaching for the power switch.
50
AmigaCU Amiga
To be honest, I was not overly thrilled when I first heard that Elite had signed up the kiddie’s cartoon Thundercats for conversion, primarily because there is not a lot you can do with a cartoon concerning 5 cat-like mutants and their battle against an Egyptian mummy. All my suspicions were confirmed with the 8-bit versions were released back in ’87. It was indeed quite a drab and boring game.