a game by American Sammy
Genre: Shooting Games
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Shoot-Them-Up
  • Type: Shooter
  • Levels of Play: 4
  • Release: 08/15/1989
  • Difficulty: Avg.

Hop into a super-charged motorcycle and ride behind enemy lines in one of the wildest shoot-em-ups ever! You must guide your motorcycle-riding hero through a variety of hazards and around the superior firepower of the opposing forces! The action scrolls vertically and constantly introduces new and different characters as well as plenty of power-up opportunities.

People says:


Despite the fact that the graphics in Thundercade are slightly murkey, I still found the action in this shooter to be above average. There's a lot of hidden items to discover in Thundercade, which gives the game some of the same overtones that made Super Mario such a hit. Not fantastic, but good.


This one's a sleeper - there's much more than meets the eye. A very good vertically scrolling shooting game. The power-up side-car weapons are hidden, and finding them adds to the challenge of the game. Thundercade moves fast and is loaded with action. Definitely worth a try.


The graphics in Thundercade could have been a lot better, but despite their bland nature this game does have good game play. The action is short-lived, however, and it doesn't take very long to reach the end of the game. A decent translation of the arcade original.


Thundercade is filled with hidden power-ups and lots to do, but the game just doesn't deliver a big punch. The game play is very active and the game has a two-player feature which is nice, but the graphics are limited and it's sometimes hard to tell who's shooting at who. O.K., but not awesome.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

Terrorism has reached new heights. AATOM (Atomic Age Terrorist Organization of Miracali) has constructed its own nuclear power plant, and threatens the world with atomic terror.

The world powers have decided to initiate operation THUNDERCADE to stop AATOM. Equipped with a high-performance combat motorcycle, sidecar cannons, and backed by a precision B-7 bomber, you set out on your dangerous mission.

Start in the city streets and continue through bases, woodlands and the fortress before reaching the heavily guarded nuclear power plant.

With a hit-miss ratio display at the end of each stage, you can improve your attack efficiency.

Have a friend join in and save the world together!

Hot on the heels of their first NES release, Amagon, American Sammy is back again with an arcade shooter adapted from the coin-op original.

Thundercade is similar to many other scrolling shoot-em-ups, only this time you're not in a plane or space ship. You command a motorcycle packed with firepower on a secret mission to stop an enemy aggressor.

Thundercade is loaded with special incentives, secret power-ups, and lots of intense slam-bam-boom-bang fighting action. Thundercade continuously throws something new at you with every twist and turn of the road. This one definitely puts American Sammy on the road to NES prominence.

Lay waste to the enemy compounds to reveal secret power-ups and 1Up bonus lives!

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