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- Thunderblade -

Once in a while a game tries to incorperate several different gameplay styles, often it doesn't work as there is no focus on what the game tries to be but if it does work the variety of gameplay greatly increases the value of the game. Thunder Blade is an action game in which you pilot a helicopter and there are three different sort of levels. There are loads of enemies to blast and huge end of level bosses most of which don't even fit onscreen. There is actually a backstory to the game, something about a coup in an unnamed country and a dicatator trying to take over but in this sort of game it's the action that matters.

The first type of level is seen from topdown and you can change your altitude along with moving in other directions, here you will have to face tanks and other helicopters but also watch out for high buildings which you can bump into. The second is viewed from behind your chopper and you will fly into the screen and face planes along with the tanks stationed at the ground, the building can also halt your progress instantly so be carefull. The third type of level is also viewed from above but this time you cannot change altitude and the screen moves forward by itself, this is mainly used in bossfights. At your disposal are your trusty guns and missiles as well which are unfortunately dumb missiles so they don't home in on enemies but the good thing is they are unlimited as far as I know.

You can control the speed at which you travel which will allow you to get to the end of the level faster but ofcourse makes dodging missiles and vehicles more difficult. The levels play quite different as one is topdown and the other from behind the chopper but the change is quite welcome to avoid getting boring quickly. The bossfights are quite slow because you cannot control the speed at which you fly and the fact that the bosses are incredibly huge. One boss is a huge aircraft and one of it's engines is larger than your entire chopper!
Graphically the game is only semi 3D because of the limited hardware of the time, the buildings can look quite blocky at times but when you are dodging missiles and aircraft I doubt you'll care much.

I played thunder blade in the arcades and you sat inside a moving contraption with controls that looked like a helicopter which was great when I was young. The home versions obviously don't have this but the gameplay is mostly intact. There's a great challenge as one hit will kill you instantly so you'll need some skills to get anywhere in the game. The variation between levels is also good because of the three different gameplay styles. There is one things that really stands out though and that is the blatant advertising in the game, the helicopter pad your flight begins on says pepsi... come on! Don't let that put you off though, as this game will greatly challenge your trigger finger.

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1988.
Being on the most powerfull home machine this is one of the best versions.
C64 Released in 1988.
Graphically it's not very good but gameplay wise it's pretty much intact.
DOS Released in 1989.
The lack of colors is quite evident compared to the others.
PC-Engine/
Turbo Grafx
Released in 1990.
This is the best version, it even has story bits when starting the game and between levels too bad they are in Japanese so I can't read it.
SMS - Sega
Master system
Released in 1988.
This is reduced to being a classic scrolling shooter and there is no 3D at all.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1988.
Others These versions are not available.
Atari ST released in 1988.
MSX released in 1988.

Date added Dec-12-2008 10:37
Name Thunderblade
Developer Sega
Publisher U.S. Gold
First released 1988
Genre Action
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Download Commodore 64, filesize: 90 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 464 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 282 Kb
PC-engine, filesize: 297 Kb
Sega Master System, filesize: 118 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 50 Kb
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Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available
 

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