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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 Sharp X68000 Game start
ThunderBlade Atari ST Flying behind the 'copter.
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Approaching a city in the distance
ThunderBlade Amiga High scores

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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

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Commodore User Amiga Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Nov, 1988 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Raze TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72
The One Amiga Jan, 1989 69 out of 100 69
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 61 out of 100 61
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 6.4 out of 12 53
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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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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