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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 DOS Performance assessment and ship upgrade
Thunderstrike Atari ST From the intro
Thunderstrike DOS Destroying the enemy pyramid
Thunderstrike DOS Main Menu

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Sep, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Jul, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Sep, 1990 89 out of 100 89
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1990 10.2 out of 12 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Sep, 1990 85 out of 100 85
ST Format Atari ST May, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Power Play DOS Sep, 1990 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1990 55 out of 100 55
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST Apr, 1991 Unscored Unscored


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