Game is on!
If you've ever played the classic 3D shooter that is Battlezone
and have fond memories of it, then this similarly style game might be of interest to you. It's not exactly complex but it is fun, which is what counts most, and it provides some nice, undemanding blasting action to while away a few hours. You're thrust into the role of a combat pilot in the Ground Defense Games, a series of head-to-head arena challenges which takes place across a number of different planets. It doesn't really matter which planet you play on, as the goal is generally the same, and in order to emerge victorious, you have to defeat the enemy drones which spawn into each arena. To make things more difficult, you have to defend several pyramids in your area while also trying to destroy those of the enemy team, making this quite a frenetic and challenging affair. Destroying pods sometimes reveals upgrades like shields, boosts or weapons such as twin-fire, while there are also magnetic tracks dotted around the arenas which you can hook onto to get around a bit easier. Thunder Strike is far from complex but it is a lot of fun. The set-up is nice and simple but the variety of ships and arenas gives the game a good sense of variety and the essential gameplay has all the appeal of a classic sports title. The early 3D visuals are pretty decent too and although they don't move at the fastest speed in the world, matches still seem fairly hectic and offer a good challenge. All in all, a very nice if undemanding bit of sci-fi action.