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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 TurboGrafx-16 Stage 4 (Top-down perspective)
ThunderBlade ZX Spectrum Avoid missiles
ThunderBlade TurboGrafx-16 Launched two missiles (3rd-person perspective)
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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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
64'er Commodore 64 Apr, 1989 13 out of 15 87
Zzap! Amiga Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Raze TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 69 out of 100 69
The One Amiga Jan, 1989 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 8.2 out of 12 68
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1989 66 out of 100 66
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 61 out of 100 61


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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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