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Thunder Brigade (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 3.2

The Press Says

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Power Play
Bei flüchtigem Hinsehen möchte man einen Battlezone-Clone vermuten. Aber schon die erste Mission belehrt den angebenden Rebellenbrigadisten eines Besseren. Kein Bauen, Produzieren, Forschen, sondern: Finger auf den Feuerknopf! Die Bedienung ist trotz fest eingestellter Tastenbelegung gut, egal ob Tastatur, Joystick oder Gamepad. Obwohl die Aufträge eindeutig sind, gestaltet sich der Missionsverlauf sehr nichtlinear, das erhöht die Wiederspielbarkeit. Die gegnerischen und eigenen Gravtanks in dieser SciFi-Heli-Sim sind sehr unterschiedlich bestückt, das erfordert flexible Taktiken. Das Missionsdesign ist gut, die KI schon beinahe exzellent. Der Hammer ist aber die Grafik. Sie glänzt nicht durch 3Dfx-typische Lichteffekte, auf langsamen Rechnern (unter 133) wird die Optik sogar recht pixelig und flach, sondern durch schroffe, gezackte Fraktallandschaften in superpsychedelischen Farben, wie sie herkömmliche 3D-Engines nicht bieten können.
Power Unlimited
Het slechte nieuws is dat als je wapens op zijn, je ergens zou moeten kunnen landen om deze weer op te laden. Dat heb ik dus wanhopig geprobeerd, maar nergens een magazijn of uploading device te vinden. Dat zuigt dus big time en haalt de toch al niet zo spektaculaire gameplay stevig onderuit.
PC Player (Germany)
Schon zu Spielbeginn irritiert die eigenartig aussehende Fraktalgrafik unser durch 3D-Beschleuniger verwöhntes Auge. Auch wenn man sich früher oder später mit der pixeligen Umgebung anfreunden kann, läßt sich die ernüchternde Ähnlichkeit aller Level nicht ignorieren. Tiefgreifende Veränderungen im Design letzterer bleiben ein frommer Wunsch. Allerdings heben die abwechslungsreichen und durchaus differenzierten Einsatzbeschreibungen das Manko der mangelnden Originalität wieder ein wenig auf.
Thunder Brigade is genuinely a lot of fun for the first few days. The missions are interesting and engaging. The built in scenario designer is very flexible and easy to use. Although a tank design feature would make this game complete, the other features do bring a measure of depth and variety to the game. What's really lacking is an option to choose sides for campaign play. The controls and combat interface lack complexity and this may bore some players who prefer a more involved gaming experience. Those of you who don't want to be burdened with excessive controls will find this game entertaining if a little shallow.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Bottom line: THUNDER BRIGADE is fun and offers lung-term playability thanks to its built-in editor. If you’re itching for futuristic hovertank action, this should do the trick.
PC Zone
Unfortunately, while your craft is responsive, its ultra-manoeuvrability makes targeting a nightmare. This, coupled with the fact that multiple hits are required to take out even the weakest of foes, leads to a degree of frustration that's exacerbated by the maladjusted difficulty curve. The solo 'seek and destroy' missions are kamikaze affairs - you often seem overwhelmed and outgunned - but the 'protect and supply' scenarios reduce you to an almost invulnerable spectator while your computer-controlled allies kick alien butt. Either way you hardly ever feel in control, and even action junkies will desert this game long before the war is over.
GameStar (Germany)
Thunder Brigade erinnert mich ein wenig an die alte Heli-Simulation Comanche. Hüben wie drüben gleite ich durch schroffe Gebirge und liefere mir spannende Zweikämpfe. Das Schleichen durch die engen Schluchten macht auch in Thunder Brigade für kurze Zeit durchaus Laune. Spätestens nach dem fünften Einsatz habe ich mir aber die Augen an den ätzenden Farben der Fraktalgrafik verdorben und bin ob der müden Text-Briefings gelangweilt eingeschlafen.
Thunder Brigade ships with support for Interactive Magic's multiplayer gaming service,but it wasn't yet supported when this review was written. That's OK, though, because I have the distinct impression that even if I were burning up with desire to play it, Thunder Brigade is so unbelievably average that I wouldn't have much luck finding other gamers who felt the same way.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The saying on the Thunder Brigade box, “float like a battleship…sting like a 50-megaton bee,” leads you to believe that what is inside is an exciting arcade action game that contains vehicles with combat potential resembling the boxing skills of the great Muhammad Ali (who of course popularized the saying “float like a butterfly…sting like a bee”) in his prime. Instead, this offering plays more like the overweight George Foreman at the end of his career, all bluster and no polish. I would thus recommend this offering only to the most desperate of arcade combat shooter fans.
Computer Games Magazine
Activision's Battlezone is a similar game, but it's a year older than Thunder Brigade, twice as fun, and ten times as pretty. Get that instead.