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Operation Thunderbolt (World)

Operation Thunderbolt (c) 1988 Taito.

Terrorists have seized a passenger airplane and will execute all the hostages if their demands are not met. It is up to the veteran soldier known as 'Lone Wolf' to return to action and rescue those hostages before time runs out. Thankfully you are not alone on this mission so bring a friend and have a blast by blasting the enemies into oblivion!


Prom Stickers : B67

Main CPU : 68000

Sound CPU : Z80

Sound Chips : YM2610

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 4096

Players : 2

Control : lightgun

Buttons : 2


Operation Thunderbolt's plot is loosely based on a real life incident known as 'Operation Entebbe' which consisted of the hijacking of Air France Flight 139 which took place in June 27, 1976 and ended on July 4, 1976. one year later, Menahem Golam directed a movie based on the incident called Mivtsa Yonatan. coincidentally the English title of the film is called Operation Thunderbolt.


Two different versions was released in US, the new one features some changed texts (during introduction).


1. Operation Wolf (1987)

2. Operation Thunderbolt (1988)

3. Operation Wolf 3 (1994)

4. Operation Tiger (1998)


Project reader : Masaki Ogata

Game designers : Junji Yarita, Hiroyuki Sakou

Game programmers : Daisuke Sasaki, Akira Ootsuki, Youzou Koma, Tatsuo Nakamura, Shinji Soyano

Music composer : Spratter. A

Sound editers : Masahiko Takaki, Kazuyuki Onui, Yasuko Yamada

Character designers : Junji Yarita, Yoshihiko Wakita, Minori Ishino, Taira Sanuki, Hisakazu Katoh

PCB designer : Takashi Ohara

Mechanical designer : Itsuji Yamada

Cabinet designer : Atushi Iwaoka

Art designers : Hiroyasu Nagai, Osamu Matsuura


* Consoles :

Amstrad GX4000 (1990)

Nintendo Super Famicom (1994) : had some differences, including selectable characters and mission order.

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 1") (Japan only)

* Computers :

Commodore C64 (1989)

Amstrad CPC (1989)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)

Commodore Amiga (1989)

Atari ST (1989)

Amstrad CPC+ (1990)

PC [MS Windows] (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)