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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 Installation menu
AH-3: ThunderStrike SEGA CD Targeting a Bridge
AH-3: ThunderStrike SEGA CD Rescue Mission
AH-3: ThunderStrike SEGA CD Select Operation

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

Play Time SEGA CD Oct, 1993 94 out of 100 94
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA CD Feb, 1994 11 out of 12 92
Power Unlimited SEGA CD Feb, 1994 9 out of 10 90
neXGam SEGA CD 2007 8.9 out of 10 89
Mega Fun SEGA CD Sep, 1993 85 out of 100 85
High Score SEGA CD Jan, 1994 4 out of 5 80 SEGA CD Sep 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Nov, 1993 40 out of 50 80
Edge SEGA CD Nov, 1993 7 out of 10 70
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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