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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 Commodore 64 This enemy aircraft carrier is well guarded!
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Shot in mid-air
ThunderBlade Commodore 64 Destroying enemy choppers

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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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User Reviews

A must-own classic. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (76)

Critic Reviews

Play Time TurboGrafx-16 Jun, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 70 out of 100 70 Commodore 64 Jul 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
Génération 4 TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69 Nintendo 3DS Jun 09, 2015 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 46 out of 100 46


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The helicopter design is reminiscent of the copter in the Blue Thunder film by John Badham (1982) and TV series spin-off (1984).
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