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Crash! (Dec, 1989)
The improved 'eat lead death, sucker' formula used in Operation Wolf delivers a winner for Ocean!
A year on from the best-selling original, Operation Thunderbolt has gameplay elements that both both back memories and add new excitement, not least of which is the great two- player option. Fun, playable, addictive - go for your gun with Ocean and you won't regret it.
Sinclair User (Jan, 1992)
Operation Thunderbolt is an excellent conversion from the Taito original. The game would be perfect if only you could mount a machine gun on your Speccy, but that would be very hard, harder than Roy Adams' old boots...
Very impressive graphically - despite being in black and white in the main action window. Loses the feel of the coin-op slightly in the sound FX department. Op Thunderbolt is heavily dependent on sound to create the impression of battlefield mayhem and the Speccy struggles a bit with this. All of the levels are here though - and the game is every bit a playable as some of the bigger machine versions.
A great conversion with more shootables on screen than ever before. Get down to the software store and check it out, double quick!
The best thing to say about the Spectrum conversion is that it is very competent and quite a lot of fun. In the end though I found that, as ever, the monochrome graphics began to get in the way of my full enjoyment of the game. When things get frantic it becomes almost impossible to pick individual figures out against the background. It's a shame that it is this totally unavoidable factor which spoils an otherwise superb conversion.
Bei alledem sollte man nicht vergessen, daß das Ganze nur ein Spiel ist. Wer sich nicht mit moralischen Bedenken herumschlagen muß, sollte sich das Spiel zulegen, auch wenn‘s technisch nicht ganz perfekt ist. Der Sound ist in Ordnung, weil realitätsnah, die Grafik dagegen hätte etwas besser, weil leicht ruckelnd, werden können. Doch darauf zu achten, ist im Eifer des Gefechts nahezu unmöglich. Hier geht dermaßen die Post ab, daß die Mouse bald ‘nen Platten hat und die Handgelenke schmerzen. OPERATION THUNDERBOLT ist ein Actiongame erster Streß-Klasse, das in der Softwarebibliothek eines jeden Hobby-Söldners nicht fehlen darf!