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Ocean Software Ltd
1989
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£9.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Bourne

Ocean; £9.99cs; Amstrad and Amiga versions reviewed issue 29; ACE Rating 815 and 927 respectively

Taito's blood 'n' guts coin-op Operation Wolf went down a storm with arcade addicts, who were all able to pop along to their local outfit after a hard days grind and practice killing the boss with an Uzi - very refreshing. Hardly surprising then that being able to do it with a friend in Operation Thunderbolt was even better. Even less surprising is Ocean's release of this game after the successful conversion of Wolf.

The best thing to say about the Spectrum conversion is that it is very competent and quite a lot of fun. In the end though I found that, as ever, the monochrome graphics began to get in the way of my full enjoyment of the game. When things get frantic it becomes almost impossible to pick individual figures out against the background. It's a shame that it is this totally unavoidable factor which spoils an otherwise superb conversion.

725/1000