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Thunderstrike is a 3d spaceship shooter set in the year 2238, using a non-textured polygon graphics engine. As a pilot in the "Ground Defense Games", you must make your way through several arenas built on different planets. You can choose from four different ships, each with different properties (better/worse acceleration, top speed, or turning speed).

When you enter the arena, you are given several pyramids that you must defend from robotic drones sent out to collapse them. In addition to defending your pyramids, you must destroy the spawning centers that spawn not only drones, but an array of robotic fighters to hunt you down.

When you destroy a fighter, sometimes it will leave behind an upgrade pod (shield, turbo, power, or twin-fire). There are also tracks that you can latch your ship onto to travel the perimeter of the arena quickly.

At the end of each round, your performance is reviewed, and if you did good, your ship is upgraded and you move on to the next round.


Thunderstrike Atari ST Select craft to pilot
Thunderstrike Atari ST Title screen
Thunderstrike Atari ST Main menu
Thunderstrike Atari ST The starting point

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1990 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1990 89 out of 100 89
ST Format Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1990 885 out of 1000 88
Zero Oct, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ST Format May, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Oct, 1990 55 out of 100 55
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 1991 Unscored Unscored


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  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #4 Best Shoot-'em-Up Game in 1990 (Atari ST)

Terok Nor (30188) added Thunderstrike (Atari ST) on Sep 21, 2006
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