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Description

Thunderhawk AH-73M a 3D action/simulation helicopter game. The game is set in the future where you are a pilot of MERLIN, an elite command, which is commanded by the United Nations. Their task is it to defuse and prevent crisis situations approximately around the globe in time that these expand to genuine conflicts. With MERLIN you fly the new Thunderhawk AH-73M combat helicopter against conflicts all over the world.

Gameplay consists of flying campaigns in ten areas of the world, where you must complete primary and secondary objectives. Each campaign is typically made out of around five missions that are themed according to real life events from the part of the world they take place in.

Your helicopter is loaded with weapons at the start of the mission; machine gun, fire and forget rockets, depth charges, bombs and missiles. When a mission demands specific type of armament, such as a runway cratering system for airbase objective it is automatically loaded. You encounter various hostiles during the missions, both airborne and land based which can be taken care of with the loaded armament.

Once the primary objective is completed you need to return safely to base. Your helicopter can only sustain a limited amount of damage, so you have to plot your course wisely.

Screenshots

Thunderhawk Atari ST War room.
Thunderhawk DOS Missing in Action
Thunderhawk DOS Title screen
Thunderhawk DOS Watch a introduction movie

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Thunderhawk AH-73M" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

The One for Amiga Games Amiga Sep, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Format Amiga Sep, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Sep, 1991 900 out of 1000 90
Amiga Power Amiga Sep, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Play Time Amiga Oct, 1991 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Sep, 1991 8 out of 12 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1991 8 out of 12 67
Power Play DOS Mar, 1992 62 out of 100 62

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Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #6 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

Controls

The game used an innovative mouse control scheme for its time for platforms supporting mice. The mouse was used for basic helicopter flight control such as collective, rotating, yaw and transitioning between hovering and forward/backward flight.
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