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Blue Lightning, a launch title for the Lynx, is an arcade flight game heavily based on After Burner. The player controls the prototype Blue Lightning jet in combat against the enemy. The game consists of nine missions with varied objectives. These range from shooting down enemy planes to taking out tanks and ships or radar installations. In a courier mission, documents must be delivered by landing on a certain airfield. Upon successfully completing a mission, a password is given.

The action is seen from behind the Blue Lightning. With the heavy arcade focus, there is no danger of stalling or even crashing into the ground. Crashing into air or ground targets is possible, however. The Blue Lightning is armed with a cannon with unlimited ammunition and 40 missiles. The on-board computer automatically seeks missile lock for enemy targets while the cannon must of course be aimed manually. The Blue Lightning is also equipped with an afterburner: activating it puts the plane to maximum speed for ten seconds, allowing one to catch up to enemy targets that got away. After use it takes another ten seconds to recharge. The plane is also able to pull off a barrel roll, useful to lose the lock of enemy missiles.


Blue Lightning Lynx Taking Off
Blue Lightning Lynx This doesn't look good...
Blue Lightning Lynx Flying over the desert
Blue Lightning Lynx Flying over a field

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Joystick (French) Mar, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Player One Oct, 1990 95 out of 100 95
ST Format Dec, 1992 94 out of 100 94
IGN Jul 06, 1999 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1990 87 out of 100 87
ST Action Nov, 1991 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1990 31 out of 40 78
Power Play Feb, 1990 75 out of 100 75
The Video Game Critic Mar 08, 2007 D- 16


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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • October 1990 (Issue 15) - Best Hand-Held Game of the Year

Terok Nor (30721) added Blue Lightning (Lynx) on Mar 02, 2014