Week in Arcade: Thunder Wolves


In the midst of E3 comes this wild $10 helicopter shooter.

Thunder Wolves

An absolutely glorious throwback to arcade shooters, with little logic, sense, or reality. Blending what retro gamers always wanted from EA’s dormant Strike series with an approachable third-person gloss, this helicopter shooter was born from an explosion. Shifty controls keep the title twitchy enough to satisfy the hardened genre enthusiast, and rather ugly, out of place dialogue exchanges will pull in those looking for a bit of machismo. It’s a battlefield of surprising proportions, low on visual fidelity, high on beautiful environment destruction. Thunder Wolves only needs online co-op to win its internal quality war.