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Description

Thunderstrike is a 3d spaceship shooter set in the year 2238, using a non-textured polygon graphics engine. As a pilot in the "Ground Defense Games", you must make your way through several arenas built on different planets. You can choose from four different ships, each with different properties (better/worse acceleration, top speed, or turning speed).

When you enter the arena, you are given several pyramids that you must defend from robotic drones sent out to collapse them. In addition to defending your pyramids, you must destroy the spawning centers that spawn not only drones, but an array of robotic fighters to hunt you down.

When you destroy a fighter, sometimes it will leave behind an upgrade pod (shield, turbo, power, or twin-fire). There are also tracks that you can latch your ship onto to travel the perimeter of the arena quickly.

At the end of each round, your performance is reviewed, and if you did good, your ship is upgraded and you move on to the next round.

Screenshots

Thunderstrike DOS Hovering over water with an enemy drone in the distance.
Thunderstrike Atari ST Get ready to start
Thunderstrike DOS Performance assessment and ship upgrade
Thunderstrike Atari ST Two other crafts in sight

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Sep, 1990 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1990 885 out of 1000 88
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1990 885 out of 1000 88
The One DOS Jul, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Action Amiga Apr, 1992 69 out of 100 69
Power Play DOS Sep, 1990 61 out of 100 61
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1990 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1990 55 out of 100 55
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1990 55 out of 100 55

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Awards

  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #4 Best Shoot-'em-Up Game in 1990 (Atari ST)

Contributed to by EboMike (3005), Clayton Cushman (192) and Terok Nor (21823)