STORY / GAMEPLAY
The story takes place somewhere in the future where you find yourself in the middle of a tank battle. There are no outstanding features to the game really. Your main goal is to just control your tank around the levels shooting anything that moves, until you reach the end of the level where a large enemy vehicle awaits (a tank, a chopper etc). The further you advance, the better weapons and power-ups you'll collect. Along your way you must also avoid enemy minefields! The game is quite playable but hard enough to last. It's surely fun for a while but it's not as addictive as Ikari Warriors but that doesn't stop Blazing Thunder from being a great little shooter.
GRAPHICS / SOUND
The ZX version has well drawn graphics with a variety of enemies and backgrounds that look much like the famous Ikari Warriors, but the gameplay area is almost colorless and quite small. Though in monochrome, the main color changes in each level. The sprites move fast and the screen scrolls quite smooth. The game's sound is fine, featuring several sound effects like cannon/machine gun firing and explosions but no music at all.