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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 SEGA CD Title Screen
AH-3: ThunderStrike SEGA CD Intro Movie
AH-3: ThunderStrike DOS Intro
AH-3: ThunderStrike DOS Mission select

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
Play Time SEGA CD Oct, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Apr, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Video Games SEGA CD Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
neXGam SEGA CD 2007 8.9 out of 10 89
Megablast SEGA CD Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85 SEGA CD Sep 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
High Score SEGA CD Jan, 1994 4 out of 5 80 SEGA CD Aug 03, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Nov, 1993 40 out of 50 80


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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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