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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 TurboGrafx-16 Don't crash into the rockface
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Boss
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Your statistics
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Launched two missiles (3rd-person perspective)

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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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Play Time Jun, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Raze Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Génération 4 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Power Play Mar, 1991 61 out of 100 61
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1991 46 out of 100 46


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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).
*Katakis* (38210) added ThunderBlade (TurboGrafx-16) on May 21, 2005
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