Operation Thunderbolt

The Arcade PCB by Taito Corp.

Operation Thunderbolt screenshot

Emulated in MAME !



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!


Operation Thunderbolt the  Arcade PCB
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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 europe (1990)
usa Nintendo SNES (oct.1994) "Operation Thunderbolt [Model SNS-36]"
europe Microsoft XBOX (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
europe Sony PS2 (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]"
usa Microsoft XBOX (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends"
usa Sony PS2 (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLUS-21122]"
korea Sony PS2 (jul.18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]"
japan Sony PS2 (jan.25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649]"

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

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