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- Operation thunderbolt -

Operation thunderbolt is the sequel to operation Wolf, a shooter in which you singlehandedly took out an entire enemy base while rescueing hostages. This time terrorists have captured a plane and the passengers have been relocated to several enemy bases. Once again Roy Adams, the hero of the first game, is called upon to save them and this time he has brought a friend called Hardy Jones to increase his chances of survival. Both players can enter the game at the same time so bring a friend and rescue those hostages!

The original arcade had two big UZI's with which you could aim and shoot anything that moves but obviously this could not be translated to the home versions as lightguns weren't that common. Other than that the game is mostly the same, each stage passes by scrolling either into the screen or from side to side but always from a first person view. The terrorists come at you from all sides and apart from your regular walking guy with an AK there's gunships, tanks and even fighter planes. The only thing you've got is an UZI with limited ammo and some grenad launchers. Luckily along the way parachute crates will drop which you can shoot and reveal helpfull goodies like ammo, rockets or first aid kits but sometimes even a bulletproof vest or a lasersight to help you aim. Strangely shooting cats or dogs will also yield helpfull stuff.

Between each level there is a small cinematic screen which shows you the mission was completed and what the next one will hold. These are static and there's no animation but they are of high quality and there's even some speech included. The main aim of the game is simple though, just take out anything that moves onscreen except later on when there are hostages present. Shoot them and you will take a hefty price in the form of energy loss. There's no such thing as lives in this game, you simply have a life bar and if it's empty you lose.

I played Operation thunderbolt quite a lot when it was originally in the arcades, simply having a big gun to shoot with was great in those days. The home versions lose some of the charm but overal they do a good job, the amiga in particular is of a very high quality. The difficulty level is quite high but one of my friends was able to finish the game with only a single credit so prove yourself a worthy gamer and do the same! :)

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser


This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1989.
Graphically almost arcade perfect.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1990.
The road has a weird flashing effect and super bright colors which kept me from playing the game more than only a few seconds. There's also far too many enemies to be a fair game.
C64 Released in 1990.
The opposite of the Amstrad with too few enemies and drap colors, it's not very good.
Super NES Released in 1993.
This one is fairly different, you can select from 6 people and you can even select which mission you want to play. The main game is still the same though.
Others These versions are not available.
Atari ST released in 1990.
ZX Spectrum, released in 1990. This version is supposed to be the best 8-bit version but none of the files I had worked.

Date added Jun-01-2007 13:19
Name Operation thunderbolt
Developer Taito
Publisher Ocean
First released 1989
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 57 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 136 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 1106 Kb
Super NES, filesize: 806 Kb
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Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
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