Operation Thunderbolt


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Operation Thunderbolt

Operation Thunderbolt is a light gun shooter video game developed by Taito and released for arcades in 1988. As the sequel to Operation Wolf, changes include two-player gameplay with two positional gun controllers mounted on the arcade cabinet, and a new forward-scrolling pseudo-3D perspective combined with side-scrolling sections.


Green berets Roy Adams and Hardy Jones must save American hostages from a hijacked airliner which was forced to land in the fictional African province, Kalubya. They must capture six different bases, shoot enemies with machine guns or grenade launcher, and try to save the hostages. Enemies include soldiers, jeeps, tanks, and helicopters, attacking with bullets, grenades, or rockets. In stages 4 and 6, killing one of the hostages will decrease the player’s life. At least one hostage must be rescued in those stages or the game is over. In Stage 8, the players must engage with the lead hijacker holding the pilot hostage and continues are not permitted. If the pilot gets killed, a bad ending will be shown “The pilot is dead; escape is impossible”. If the hijacker is killed, the good ending will be shown where the player and hostages flee the hostile nation with the plane’s takeoff.


Ocean Software published conversions of Operation Thunderbolt for the AmigaAmstrad CPC 464Atari STCommodore 64, and ZX Spectrum in 1989.[4] A cartridge version for the Amstrad GX4000 followed in 1993.[5]

The Super NES version was released by Taito in 1994[4] and works with the SNES Mouse[6] and the Super Scope.[7] The player can choose from a variety of different characters.[4] The storyline was altered so that the hijackers were members of the fictional Bintazi People’s Republic, under lifelong dictator General Abul Bazarre, who demands that his comrades be freed or the hostages will be executed.

Changes from Operation Wolf include the arcade cabinet using positional gun controllers instead of light gun,[2] two-player simultaneous play with two mounted guns, and a new forward-scrolling pseudo-3D perspective combined with side-scrolling sections.[3]

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