Thunderbirds (Commodore 64)

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Thunderbirds is a single player puzzle solving game.

It seems that a group of Egyptologists have managed to get themselves trapped deep within an ancient tomb. They're in deep trouble because their air supply is running out. Naturally they put in a call to International Rescue who spring into action.

This is primarily a game of puzzles. It starts before lift off with the player selecting the equipment to be loaded into Thunderbird 2 which can only carry forty tons and every ton of equipment costs the player one hundred points. Should the Mole be taken? What about Thunderbird 4? Should extra fuel be carried?

The loaded craft, when launched, arrives at the tomb and must fly through a series of mazes which makes up the tomb but it's not straight forward. The way is often blocked and must be cleared. Thunderbird 1 can move blue blocks out of the way, Thunderbird 2 can move green blocks and both can move red blocks and as an additional complication some passages are too narrow for Thunderbird 2 to pass through.

Another feature of the puzzle is fuel management, flying uses up fuel but fortunately an earlier expedition did leave fuel dumps scattered around. There's treasure to be collected too.
The game can be played on colour or black & white monitors, the F7 key re-tones the coloured blocks so the player can distinguish between them. It can be played either with the keyboard or with the joystick.


Thunderbirds Commodore 64 Thunderbird 1 enters another par of the maze where there is fuel and treasure to be collected
Thunderbirds Commodore 64 Deeper into the maze and there are more blocks to be moved here.
Thunderbirds Commodore 64 After the title screen come the credits. Remember the F3 key because after a while the Thunderbirds tune does become a bit of a nuisance
Thunderbirds Commodore 64 There are two equipment screens for Thunderbird 2. This is the first.

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Your Commodore Feb, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Jan, 1986 77 out of 100 77


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piltdown_man (152108) added Thunderbirds (Commodore 64) on Jun 05, 2012
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