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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.


Thunderstrike Atari ST The starting point
Thunderstrike DOS Defend your pyramids!
Thunderstrike DOS Entering The Arena
Thunderstrike DOS Hovering over water with an enemy drone in the distance.

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Sep, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Jul, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Sep, 1990 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Aug, 1990 885 out of 1000 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1990 10.2 out of 12 85
ST Format Atari ST May, 1992 67 out of 100 67
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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    • Issue 01/1991 – #4 Best Shoot-'em-Up Game in 1990 (Atari ST)

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