Thunderstrike is a 3d spaceship shooter set in the year 2238, using a non-textured polygon graphics engine. As a pilot in the "Ground Defense Games", you must make your way through several arenas built on different planets. You can choose from four different ships, each with different properties (better/worse acceleration, top speed, or turning speed).
When you enter the arena, you are given several pyramids that you must defend from robotic drones sent out to collapse them. In addition to defending your pyramids, you must destroy the spawning centers that spawn not only drones, but an array of robotic fighters to hunt you down.
When you destroy a fighter, sometimes it will leave behind an upgrade pod (shield, turbo, power, or twin-fire). There are also tracks that you can latch your ship onto to travel the perimeter of the arena quickly.
At the end of each round, your performance is reviewed, and if you did good, your ship is upgraded and you move on to the next round.
Thunder Strike is an above-average 3D shooter with a wacky plot. It's the year 2238 and the TV networks and defense industries control the Earth. Whoever has the highest ratings rules the world. The ultimate TV phenomenon is the military olympics--where gladiators compete and attack enemy vessels in deadly low-flying combat. You choose any of 5 crafts to fly in the arena, and your strategy and action must be enough to maintain TV ratings.
Gameplay is fast and furious, although it becomes monotonous if you have destroyed all enemy ships but one, and you have to chase him down madly around the arena. Fortunately, there are different levels in 5 different arenas, all of which are more than just different backdrops: the enemy ships are different, and you will gain access to new crafts to use. Overall, Thunderstrike is a pleasant diversion that could be much more fun with more imaginative structures and power-ups (e.g. Spectre VR). Worth a try if you like 3D shooters. For a more unique game, though, try Loriciel's Moon Blaster instead.
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