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)
Nintendo SNES usa (oct.1994) "Operation Thunderbolt [Model SNS-36]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLUS-21122]"
Sony PlayStation 2 korea (jul.18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (jan.25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649]"


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

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Game's ROMs.
Game's screenshots.

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