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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 SEGA Master System Approaching a flying fortress.
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System You also have to fly through cave and avoid the pillars of stone.
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Tanks at a crossroad
ThunderBlade SEGA Master System Starting out

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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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A must-own classic. Ash_1 (76) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov, 1988 80 out of 100 80
VideoGame Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1988 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1988 8.2 out of 12 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 644 out of 1000 64
All Game Guide 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50 Feb 09, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Defunct Games Dec 31, 2006 35 out of 100 35
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jul 09, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Gaming since 198x Feb 01, 2009 1 out of 5 20


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The Commodore 64 version came with a 'Art of Noise' (electronic music) mix tape. They were very popular dance music collective in the eighties apparently!
Terok Nor (27206) added ThunderBlade (SEGA Master System) on Oct 14, 2004
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