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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 Amstrad CPC This is a huge ship
ThunderBlade Commodore 64 One of the 3D stages in the game
ThunderBlade Arcade Desert blasting.
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Stage 1 (top-down perspective)

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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. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (76)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 87 out of 100 87
64'er Commodore 64 Apr, 1989 13 out of 15 87
Zzap! Amiga Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Retro Archives Arcade Aug 07, 2020 14 out of 20 70
Joystick (German) Atari ST Mar, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 6.4 out of 12 53
Retro Archives SEGA Master System Aug 07, 2020 10 out of 20 50
Retro Archives Amstrad CPC Aug 07, 2020 6.5 out of 20 32


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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!
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