Operation Thunderbolt

Arcade Video game published 31 years ago by Taito

Operation Thunderbolt screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): othunder othundero othunderu othunderuo othunderj othundero othunderjsc


Operation Thunderbolt © 1988 Taito Corp.

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 : Motorola 68000
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2610

Players : 2
Control : Lightgun
Buttons : 2
=> Shoot, Grenade


Operation Thunderbolt was released in December 1988. The game'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 were 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


Amstrad GX4000 [EU] (1990)
[US] Nintendo SNES (oct.1994) "Operation Thunderbolt [Model SNS-36]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
[EU] Sony PS2 (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]"
[US] Microsoft XBOX (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends"
[US] Sony PS2 (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLUS-21122]"
[KO] Sony PS2 (jul.18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]"
[JP] Sony PS2 (jan.25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649]"

[EU] Amstrad CPC (1989)
[EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)
[EU] Commodore Amiga (1989)
[EU] Atari ST (1989) by Ocean
[US] Commodore C64 [EU] (1990)
Amstrad CPC+ [EU] (1990)
[EU] Atari ST (1991) by Hit Squad
[EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (nov.10, 2005) "Taito Legends"

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