aka: Thrust+
Moby ID: 16400
Commodore 64 Specs

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Thrust brings realistic physics and inertia-based movement into arcade games, directly influencing titles like Oids, as well as Exile from Audiogenic by the same author. The action is viewed from the side, with the graphics drawn in vectors, in keeping with the mathematical nature of everything that unfolds.

As a Resistance fighter, the player must fly into enemy lines in order to steal Klystron Pods to power more advanced starships, using your tractor beam to take them. A network of mounted guns are aiming to shoot the player down – these can be disabled by shooting their power source, but eventually this will explode, forcing the player to flee. Some of the later levels feature doors, the player needs to shoot an orb to slide open a wall section. After a while it will close, shoot an orb on the other side to make it back out again.

After the first 6 distinct levels the same layouts are repeated but with reverse gravity (mission 7 through 12), then invisible landscape where the wall visibility is toggled on and off (mission 13 through 18). And finally both reversed gravity and invisible landscape (mission 19 through 24).

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Copyright 1986
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1001 Video Games

Thrust appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Original Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Budget Game of the Year

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Game added by Martin Smith.

Electron added by fwibbler. Commodore 16, Plus/4 added by Kabushi. BBC Micro added by Terok Nor. Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit added by Игги Друге.

Additional contributors: LepricahnsGold, Peter Ekberg, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack.

Game added February 4th, 2005. Last modified October 22nd, 2023.