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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 Atari ST Let's go.
ThunderBlade Atari ST First stage
ThunderBlade Atari ST Flying behind the 'copter.
ThunderBlade Atari ST The 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

Génération 4 Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Atari ST User Mar, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Jan, 1989 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1989 8 out of 12 67
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1989 66 out of 100 66
The One Jan, 1989 65 out of 100 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 (66852) added ThunderBlade (Atari ST) on Oct 11, 2004
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