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AH-3 Thunderstrike is a helicopter sim/shooter. You will pilot the AH-3 over 10 operations all over the world. Each operation is composed of several missions, such as destroying tanks, or destroying bridges, or escorting trucks, and so on.

Thunderstrike's graphics consist of scaled sprites arranged to create a 3D environment. It makes use of the Sega CD's scaling and rotation hardware to create this effect with a smooth frame rate.


AH-3: ThunderStrike DOS Mission select
AH-3: ThunderStrike SEGA CD Destroying a line of Tanks
AH-3: ThunderStrike SEGA CD Mission Briefing
AH-3: ThunderStrike SEGA CD Title Screen

Promo Images

AH-3: ThunderStrike Magazine Advertisement Electronic Gaming Monthly (Sendai Publishing, United States), Issue 59 (June 1994)

Alternate Titles

  • "Thunderhawk" -- European / Japanese Sega CD title
  • "AH-3: ThunderStrike - Air Assault" -- US DOS title

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Critic Reviews

Sega Force SEGA CD Dec 09, 1993 95 out of 100 95
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Apr, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Game Players SEGA CD Jan, 1994 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Oct, 1993 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games SEGA CD Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun SEGA CD Sep, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Mean Machines SEGA CD Nov, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Nov, 1993 40 out of 50 80
High Score SEGA CD Jan, 1994 4 out of 5 80
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Feb 24, 2008 D 25


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The "Select operation" map in Thunderstrike is identical to the "Next race" map in Core's earlier game, Jaguar XJ220.


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