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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 Title screen
Thunderstrike Atari ST Get ready to start
Thunderstrike DOS A turbo pod (ship upgrade) to the right
Thunderstrike DOS A drone fires back

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Jul, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
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
Das Amiga Spielebuch Amiga 1990 7 out of 11 64
Das Atari ST/STE Spielebuch Atari ST 1990 7 out of 11 64
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1991 Unscored Unscored
Alle PC Spiele DOS 1993 Unscored Unscored
Amiga World Amiga May, 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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