Thunder Jaws is an action adventure game, originally released for the arcades by Atari Games in 1990, and later ported to all major home computers like the 16bit Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and the 8bit Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.
STORY / GAMEPLAY An evil woman named Madam Q has kidnapped a female group of swimmers (!) to conduct a series of hideous human experiments. You, as a secret service agen must stop her evil plans and rescue them as soon as possible. The game has two different gameplay zones (the underwater zone and the base zone) throughout each stage. Diving into the underwater zone you swim through the level looking for an exit to proceed to the base zone. You're armed with a standard spear gun to kill enemies like other armed divers, sharks or even destroy torpedo launchers. You may also find other weapons (of limited ammo that is) either on the ground or when specific enemies are eliminated. Inside the base zone, you walk and jump across platforms, shooting everything that moves until you reach the end of the stage. The enemies vary from divers, robots and more. Note that at the end of some levels you'll have to confront a big boss. Overall, Thunder Jaws is a neat game of great action.
GRAPHICS / SOUND The C64 version looks great and has a good selection of colors. The background scrolling is smooth, in contrast to the CPC and ZX versions that are a bit slow. The sprites are nicely designed and animated and the playable area is larger compared to its 8bit counterparts. The sound has some typical, loud shooting sound effects and explosions, a cool intro tune but no in-game music at all.