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Ocean Software Ltd
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Garth Sumpter
Chris Bourne

Roy Adams is as tough as old boots. Old army boots in fact! And that's damn tough.

And strangely enough, Operation Thunderbolt is no pushover either.

You are as tough as old boots, (you probably smell like it too), and it's up to you to machine-gun your way past whole battalions of tooled up to the teeth tinkers who are determined to stop you in your tracks (or boots if you like), and thwart your mission which is to cause havoc and rescue hostages.

Play is excellent - you move your fire around the screen and rain death upon the massed hordes of the enemy (dakka, dakka, dakka). You can even pick up extra magazines of bullets and rockets which can be used to devastating effect. There're even medical and power packs which restore energy, Gucci bullet proof vests and designer laser sights with which to aid your progress (and show everyone what all the well-dressed trigger-pullin' psychos are wearing this Autumn).

Operation Thunderbolt is a an excellent conversion from the Taito original. The game would be perfect if only you could mount a machine gun on your Speccy, but that would be very hard, harder than Roy Adams' old boots...

Label: Hit Squad
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99
Reviewer: Garth Sumpter

ALAN: I'm a bit of psycho sometimes and I like this. The graphics are excellent but control is sometimes a little too slow.

Operation Thunderflash is excellent. It's almost the ultimate shoot 'em up but the sluggishness of your sight mars the game. Nonetheless, an excellent game.


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Okay, hands up who lost the piccies just before deadline...