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The Olympics of blasting games
With a bold title like Thunderstrike, this couldn't really be anything other than some kind of shooter, possibly featuring a hi-tech plane or chopper. And indeed, upon firing it up, you'll discover that's exactly what it is and like the similarly themed Thunderhawk 2, this provides a rollicking good time. Players get to jump into the cockpit of an advanced futuristic helicopter but instead of venturing into the usual warzones, you are actually a participant in a kind of sporting event. You get to travel to various planets and must take part in a series of contests where the objective is to blow the living daylights out of a series of robotic drones and fighters. You also have to defend a set of pyramids while destroying the generators of the enemy while there are a few upgrades that occasionally get left behind when you blow up an enemy, such as shields, speed boosts and double fire capability. Dotted around the arenas are tracks which you can hook onto and which make traversing the level a little bit easier. You have four ships to choose from too, each of which is slightly different in terms of handling, speed etc, while you need to perform well enough in each round in order to progress to the next one. Thunderstrike certainly isn't deep or complex, being more akin to Battlezone than Apache, but it sure is fun. The visuals are pretty solid for the period and zip along at a fair old rate, while the controls are simple to pick up, allowing you to get on with the serious job of blowing stuff up without any need to worry. It's not a game you're going to play forever, as it soon becomes slightly repetitive, but while it lasts, it's one hell of a ride.