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Thunderstrike is a 3d spaceship shooter set in the year 2238, using a non-textured polygon graphics engine. As a pilot in the "Ground Defense Games", you must make your way through several arenas built on different planets. You can choose from four different ships, each with different properties (better/worse acceleration, top speed, or turning speed).

When you enter the arena, you are given several pyramids that you must defend from robotic drones sent out to collapse them. In addition to defending your pyramids, you must destroy the spawning centers that spawn not only drones, but an array of robotic fighters to hunt you down.

When you destroy a fighter, sometimes it will leave behind an upgrade pod (shield, turbo, power, or twin-fire). There are also tracks that you can latch your ship onto to travel the perimeter of the arena quickly.

At the end of each round, your performance is reviewed, and if you did good, your ship is upgraded and you move on to the next round.


Thunderstrike Atari ST Select craft to pilot
Thunderstrike DOS Main Menu (EGA)
Thunderstrike DOS Craft Selection (EGA)
Thunderstrike DOS Craft destroyed

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The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jul, 1990 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Aug, 1990 885 out of 1000 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1990 10.2 out of 12 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1990 10.2 out of 12 85
Amiga Action Amiga Apr, 1992 69 out of 100 69
ST Format Atari ST May, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Power Play DOS Sep, 1990 61 out of 100 61
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1990 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1990 55 out of 100 55
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Apr, 1991 Unscored Unscored


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  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #4 Best Shoot-'em-Up Game in 1990 (Atari ST)

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