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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 ZX Spectrum Enemy helicopter
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum Loading screen.
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum Game Over
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum Title screen.

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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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Critic Reviews

Crash! Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Your Sinclair Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1989 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 793 out of 1000 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1989 7.8 out of 12 65


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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).
Martin Smith (66799) added ThunderBlade (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 11, 2004
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