In contrast to the Ikari Warriors series, the player here is in a tank instead of going around on foot! Kill all the bazooka-toting baddies that emerge from hiding places or enter the screen in waves. You can do this by either shooting them or running them over with your tank. Not that you're invulnerable of course, as the enemy forces are armed to the teeth with a lot of rather heaver weaponry, also including tanks, planes, helicopters and huge armored personnel carriers! Obstacles of the scenery (such as rocks, pits, electric fences, rivers etc) often block your path and some need to be destroyed in order for you to go further. Once you clear the level you will be -of course- confronted by a big boss!
Blazing Thunder is as playable as you'd expect, and hard enough to be addictive too.
Technically, the Amiga version is better in visuals when compared to the ST version, offering more colors and smoother gameplay although could be considered as mediocre in terms of controls (same as the ST). It features very colorful and well done graphics fully populated with details at times (at the next stages). Sprites are pretty big in size too. When I first played this game, I was so amazed by the graphics which offered some great details especially at the later levels (the backgrounds and the explosions are well placed and detailed), that I forgot about the loose controls and the high level of difficulty.
Sonically the game features a nice introductory tune, whilst the gameplay sound is fully sampled SFX such as several enemy (differently -pitched) screaming when driving over them! Unfortunately there are no gameplay tunes here which is rather awkward.