Thunderflash Review (PlayStation 4)

Thunderflash Review (PlayStation 4)

Thunderflash is a “love letter” to the arcade games of the 80s. It is a Run ‘n Gun game inspired by gems like Ikari Warriors, Commando, and Heavy Barrel.

Pros:

  • Nice modern retro graphics.
  • 163.2MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Shooter gameplay.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Top-down the majority of the time but a couple of side-scrolling segments.
  • Inspired by games like Ikari Warriors.
  • Easy Platinum trophy.
  • Credits-10,15 or unlock 20.
  • Tutorial for controls on the initial boot-up screen.
  • Two-button controls-shoot and grenade.
  • CRT filter.
  • Retro commodore 64 style load screen.
  • 3 game modes- arcade, boss rush, and survival.
  • Level select.
  • 1-2 players.
  • Two characters-Rock and Stan.
  • Boss rush-normal or hardcore.
  • Pick up new guns with limited ammo and grenades in the level.
  • Handy reset combo.
  • Survival-choose music, number of players, each character has 3 variations that have unique stats-armor/speed/power.
  • Survival plays out on its own battleground with different enemies and constant power-ups.
  • The best score is shown on the menu.
  • Five areas with five missions in each with the fifth level being a boss battle.
  • Respawn immediately and with a moment of invincibility.
  • Easy to pick up.
  • A handful of enemy types.
  • Get to ride cool vehicles in set pieces.

Thunderflash Review (PlayStation 4)

Cons:

  • No online leaderboards.
  • Multiplayer is local only.
  • Crashes when selecting options.
  • Takes getting used to the shooting.
  • Enemies have much better aim than you.
  • Cheap deaths from off-screen enemies.
  • You can level select to the last level you died on making it a cakewalk.
  • No real replay value.

Thunderflash Review (PlayStation 4)

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

Fantastic fun, pure and simple, Thunderflash takes a lot of inspiration from Ikari Warriors and brings in more modern controls and mechanics that make a fun little game. Sure the shooting takes some getting used to and even then it still annoys you but you kind of shrug it off as the genre itself is like that. I just enjoyed how it invoked memories of other games and it didn’t outstay its welcome, nabbing a Platinum trophy in under half-hour is also very nice! But no seriously Thunderflash is a love letter to the top-down shooters of old and whilst it never moves the genre forward it does nail that atmosphere and play style and is a good crack.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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