Gate of Thunder

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a game by Hudson Soft, and Red Company Corporation
Genre: Action
Platforms: PC Engine, Turboduo (1992)
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Gate of Thunder
Gate of Thunder
Gate of Thunder
Gate of Thunder

If you thought shooters couldn't get much better, you thought wrong! Gates of Thunder for the Turbo Technologies Super CD-ROM is the best space combat game to zoom across your screen yet.

In this fast paced shoot-em-up, you are acestar fighter, Hawk, on a mission to stop an evil crime syndicate called Oberon from destroying the peaceful planet Aries. Oberon's got the hots for Aries' super energy ore called Starlight. You must fight off its huge space armada with your ship, the Hunting Dog.

A Legend in die Making

In this awesome, multi-scrolling, side-view shooter, you face seven levels of thumb-busting, eye-popping action. You want a video workout? You got one!

At least you aren't alone. Your beautiful partner, Esty, pilots the arsenal ship Wild Cat, which drops off power-ups for you in mid-battle. There are three different blasters-Lasers, Sonic Waves, and Napalm. Each blaster has three levels of intensity. In addition to the blasters, you can carry missiles and shield units.

It's a Blast!

Gates of Thunder will invade your brain with awesome challange and unbelievable game play. It packs some of the richest background graphics ever seen in a TurboGrafx-16 game. The sound effects are no slouch either, with 50% digitized for awesome realism. Last but not least, the music fits the action perfectly with good old heavy rock & roll. If you plan to sit behind the controls of a Turbo Technologies Super CD-ROM system, have Gates of Thunder explode across your screen!


  • Your shield can only take three hits. Make sure that your shield is fully powered before you enter into any sticky situation.
  • Quickly tap the fire button twice. Your cannons become tail guns!
  • Fully-powered Laser Cannons are devastating against bosses.
  • Use the Sonic Wave in wide range attacks against head-on enemy raids.
  • Napalm Cannons can wipe out enemies along the ceiling and the floor.

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PC Engine

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Awesome! Gates of Thunder looks like one of the hottest shooters of all time. This CD's currently burning up RC. Engine Duo's in Japan. If you're a shoot -'em-up fan, you'd better start loosening up your trigger fingers now.

In Gates of Thunder, you join forces with a super team of hotshot, space pilots. Your interplanetary defense faces overwhelming odds versus a fierce invading alien force. Great-looking, cinema sequences make the story as enticing as the action.

You'll fly across 8 levels of monster, shoot-em-up fighting. TTie action here is almost frighteningly fast. The game slings a blinding number of sprites at you. You'll also have to fly and fight through some very T-l-G-H-T spaces to have any hope of seeing the end screen. Naturally, your space fighter can grab all sorts of radical power-ups, and you'll need 'em.

This disc will be one of the pack in games on the 3-in-1 disc with the Turbo Duo or will be available for the regular Turbo CD with the new system card. The game is an explosive side scrolling shooter with 7 levels of intense action and huge end-of-level bosses. There are three main power-ups and they can be powered up threefold. The game features a CD musical score and loads of cinema displays at the intro and ending.

People say:


Gate of Thunder marks a milestone for the Turbo! This is the first disc game that is all-out fun from start to finish. Despite a lack of difficulty, the action, graphics and music of this title are top-notch all the way! The game has been deftly orchestrated and gives shooter fans new reason to look into the Turbo CD.


Talk about intense action! This shooter holds its own when compared to the best action carts on any system. Tons of enemies, huge bosses and excellent graphics. Fantastic music too! While challenging it could have been harder, but only the best of players will blow through this shooter in a short time.


Gate of Thunder is without a doubt, one of the best shooters that I've played in a long time. The graphics are phenomenal, every end Boss is huge and is awesomely detailed. Incredible music and tons of cool cinemas also enchance the disc. The best thing is the near-perfect game play. It's only vice is the ease of its play.


Now this is a shooter to watch for! It really has what it takes to bring home all of the flash and fire of a full-blown arcade machine! Superb graphics highlight every scene with high detail, screaming colors, and great sound! Large Bosses up the ante with intense battle sequences guaranteed to please!

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