of Thunder reduces the thrills of chopper combat to
that of delivering crates of Kentucky Fried Chicken
to remote Indian reserves in the Canadian wilderness.
a budget title, you get what you pay for here. As
an arcade style shooter with virtual 3D graphics Blades
of Thunder has potential, but the gameplay is boring
and repetitive. The concept of using a chopper to
take down a terrorist organization seems like only
part of the gameplay. There's just not much to do
beyond moving your craft to the right and left to
avoid enemies while deploying your weapons.
team of terrorists is planning to hijack oil reserves
in the Middle East to fuel its war machine. During
missions that take place over land, sea and in the
air you will target key installations and secondary
targets with various missiles and rockets while defending
yourself from air attacks with your machineguns.
controls are as simple as the gameplay. Strafe left
to right to avoid direct hits and press the A or B
button to shoot your weapons. A radar located at the
bottom right of the screen will show you where the
enemy is located. The challenge becomes more difficult
as more enemies are introduced on the endlessly scrolling,
and ultimately boring, environments. To preclude any
slowdown the map scrolls forward and in a fixed position
all the time. The camera gives you a top down view
of the vaguely-3D graphics which shows some relief
of these bland environments. You will take note how
the game is set in the Middle East where desert and
water comprise most of the relatively flat terrain.
are lengthy and there's no sense of direction or freedom.
You're so restricted in your movement that it feels
like the game is on-rails which generally speaking,
it is. The ground scrolls by for miles and miles with
no landmarks to orient yourself - not that you could
do anything with that information if it were available
since you're always headed in the right direction.
of Thunder serves up the chills instead of thrills.
You have to defrost the fun out of this game but since
the action never heats up you might want to consider
playing this game with gloves. The pace is plodding
and the challenge is limited to that of a mini-game.
We've played better games than this in the arcade
more than 25 years ago, and frankly I wasn't impressed
with a lot of those games either.