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A side-scrolling shoot-'em-up, Gate of Thunder asks players to take control of the space-craft "Hunting Dog". You fly left-to-right mostly, with occasional vertically-scrolling sections, and use several different weapon styles to defeat your many foes. Along with Esty in her ship the "Wild Cat", you must defeat the forces of General Don Jingi, who has plans of taking energy from the star of Aries.

Playing as the pilot Hawk, players must avoid collisions and weapon-fire from the General's "Obellon" army. Consisting of many different types of enemy, the army has a massive, sprawling force of guns, turret, ships, battle-stations and mech-type units. Their fire-power is immense and you are the single opposing force!

Gate of Thunder allows players to choose in real-time from three weapon-fire types. A blue-coloured electrical fire, a green-coloured wave-fire, and a red-coloured quake-type fire. Along with this, players obtain homing-missiles and the assistance of the "Wild Cat" which orbits the ship separately. Gate of Thunder also features a critically acclaimed soundtrack that remains a talking-point to this day.


Gate of Thunder TurboGrafx CD Intro
Gate of Thunder TurboGrafx CD Uh-oh, attacked from both sides...
Gate of Thunder TurboGrafx CD Starting the game
Gate of Thunder TurboGrafx CD Top scores

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Alternate Titles

  • "ゲート オブ サンダー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Hunting Dog, the Wild Cat, and the Obellon Army. Wii So Hai (371)

Critic Reviews

Video Games TurboGrafx CD Apr, 1992 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx CD Jun 01, 2006 A+ 100
Joystick (French) TurboGrafx CD Apr, 1992 97 out of 100 97 TurboGrafx CD Jan 25, 2017 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Wii Oct 19, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 15, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Retro Archives TurboGrafx CD Apr 11, 2019 18 out of 20 90
GameFan Magazine TurboGrafx CD Oct, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx CD Nov, 1992 34 out of 40 85
All Game Guide TurboGrafx CD 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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