During an attack on the Cats-Lair by the malicious Molemen, servants of the evil Mumm-Ra kidnapped a handful of members from Thundera team! They also stole the Eye of Thundera and, as we all know from the famous TV series, this charmed jewel holds the magical power of the Sword of Omens. You control Lion-O, whose job is to free his teammates and get the Eye of Thundera back. You run and jump over platforms across the screen and swiping at the enemies. The foes come in different sizes from both sides in what sometimes seems like a never-ending stream (which is rather frustrating I think...). If you get hit, then you lose a life and placed back a few steps where you was hit. The evil Molemen can be jumped over or sliced with the sword but there are a few other kind of foes that look really big and more deadly (some of them are flying!). Note that there are numerous other hazards such as gaping, water pits that must be avoided or otherwise you lose a life instantly. What really got on my nerves was when foes from both directions kept coming whilst I had to jump over a pit... this combination proved to be deadly quite often (or always!). Well, there are a few life-bonus scattered around and you may also get a few fire-shooting weapon on the second level and up though.
The game also includes a level where you control a hovercraft and shoot everything tha moves in a horizontal scrolling shoot em up style! In general, the pace is way too fast and the whole game is a very tough challenge, really. Ok, it's not an original, but still, is fun to play and very welcome for the Thundercats series fans!
Graphics are quite good for the Amstrad CPC version and obviously a port from the ZX Spectrum, looking more colorful compared to the C64 version but frame-rate suffers. Backgrounds scroll way smoother on the C64 but sprites are big (well, except for the little gnome fellas) and nicely animated on the CPC (and ZX Spectrum). Note that, collision detection is excellent here (a problem commonly found back to the days on the 8bit home-computer games).
Sound is pretty good in all versions, featuring a main-menu tune that catches the mood of The Thundercats game just right! There are a few nice SFX during gameplay too, but it is disappointing not have any short of music when roaming between the levels.