Thunder Tier One Review: Realistic Tactical Top-Down Shooter From PUBG Makers

We always have first-person shooter games to pass our time. Games like Counter-Strike, PUBG, Apex Legends, Call of Duty and Battlefield come to my mind as I make this statement. There is a different category of games that is just as interesting and addictive: top-down shooters. Popular top-down shooter games like Nuclear Throne and Animal Royale have a good number of active players who are still enjoying every minute of it. Personally, I’ve never been too fond of this range, partly because of the way we have to shoot enemies. It doesn’t feel “traditional” to me.

But over the past few weeks, I tried my hand at a new game from the developers of pubg, Crafton. What does Thunder Tier One bring to the table? Is this a revolutionary game or just another title that will throw the dust off? let’s find out. I have tested the game on my PC which packs a Ryzen 3600, NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Super and 16GB RAM.

Thunder Tier One is a tactical top-down co-op shooter set in the 1990s and lets you join an elite task force assigned to stop a terrorist organization from infiltrating the fictional country of Salobia. The story follows a four-man army squad that can be AI-controlled or human teammates. Thunder Tier One features a single-player co-op campaign and multiplayer mode in which you can lobby with your friends.

The campaign is not like your normal games with proper story mode and dialogues. Instead, it follows a nine-game mission. Each mission in the Thunder Tier One campaign mode is different with new locations and new enemy placements. However, the end goal is almost the same. You have to either free a hostage, capture an enemy, or seek wisdom.

Thunder Tier One provides you with a variety of throwables and nifty gadgets to maneuver with

The top-down perspective can be a bit daunting at first, especially for those coming from first-person or third-person shooters like me. However, the developers have included a quick but very helpful tutorial round up in which they walk you through all the controls a Thunder Tier One soldier needs to know. The point-of-view definitely affects your gameplay and it took me some time to get used to the way the character moves.

Thunder Tier One is a game that requires you to communicate with your teammates. Playing with AI is hit or miss. While the game does its best in providing navigation commands and ping, the AI ​​isn’t that clever. There were times when my companions were still in the mission area while I was at the extraction point. At one point, I was in a position where I held an AI to cover my back while clearing the front area. But the AI ​​was stuck on some kind of furniture and of course the enemy AI ended up there. However, these glitches are rare and do not occur in every sport. Thunder Tier One will be more fun if you play with your friends and plan the strategy and attack accordingly. However, if you are someone who wants a challenge, the game offers you some interesting difficulty settings such as Lone Wolf, as the name suggests you will be on the field alone, without any human or AI team. There are few other settings that make the game more interesting and engaging.

With Thunder being Tier One top to bottom, it’s clearly difficult to take a broad view. So, as you progress towards the mission, enemies just keep popping up out of the blue. I have been caught off-guard a million times and knocked out for not being behind cover. When enemies are out of sight, they emit a sound wave whenever they move, and you can see those waves on the corner of your screen. This is a good way to identify them. A quick glance can lure them by their cover, while your teammates are able to knock them down.

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The game gives you a brief overview of the mission before going into the field

Before starting each mission in Thunder Tier One, you and your teammates are provided with a brief report about the location and all your actions. After reading this, you can go ahead and optimize your loadout based on the tasks you’ve allocated. You can assign specific designations to your peers, so one may be a physician while the other may be a technical specialist. This way the team works better. The game also allows you to create presets for loadouts which is a nice touch.

There are tons of guns in the game to choose from, including UMP45, AS VAL, CAR-15, AKS-74U, and more. However, to me, it never felt like the weapon I chose changed the outcome of the mission. It hardly takes more than three bullets to kill an enemy, so switching to another weapon didn’t change the gameplay much for me. It may just be a personal preference.

Different pubgThis isn’t a first-person shooter – it just means you have to think first before diving into anything. Along with knowledge and patience, some understanding is also important in Thunder Tier One. No matter how many guns you have, intel is king.

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Thunder Tier One gives you lots of options for customization

You can maneuver with a number of gadgets in the inventory like the M18 Claymore which is a motion-triggered landmine, the M112 Demo Charge which is perfect for breaking down closed doors, or the fiber optics camera that can be used to use enemy territory before breaching. survey can be done. That way, you won’t be caught off guard.

There is also an electronic toolkit and a lockpick that can come in handy at any time. These are some cool gadgets that give Thunder Tier One a quick turnaround towards a better planned strategy. Of course, you have some common ones like hand grenades and smoke grenades which can be very handy at times.

The competition in Thunder Tier One is quite good. There’s no melee, so that means there’s no point in trying to master stealthily. You must have always seen bullets dodging. The sound design for the steps and the rain is impeccable especially while walking in a forest. Not to mention the gunshots – each bullet shot has just the right amount of bass and overall sounds really good.

Thunder Tier One follows the same mechanics as PUBG. If you or one of your companions is shot multiple times, they do not die. They are just “knocks”. Even after being shot down, they are capable of firing at the enemy. That way, a compatriot can fix them up and get them on their feet without actually turning a man down. Even if all of your companions are exhausted – which is rare – you can proceed to complete the mission. It is not necessary for all squad mates to survive until all tasks are completed. The game can get a little stressful when you’re facing a lot of enemies and when your seemingly silly strategy doesn’t turn out the way you want.

Thunder Tier One is an amazing game if you are someone who appreciates the tactical side of shooting games. The graphics and mechanics are really good for a top-down shooter game and there is no chance that you will hate the combat. The game tends to have a retro look from its splash screen to the UI – and I was drawn to it.

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Thunder Tier One gives you a bird’s eye view before every mission

The lobby can be a bit intimidating for first-time players, but once you figure it out, you’ll find yourself changing and customizing things around. AI teammates are not that smart. However, they do not hinder your experience of the campaign. Thunder Tier One missions can seem a bit monotonous as the tasks are usually: enter the area, kill enemies, retrieve intel, exit. However, it’s the way you carry out the missions that keeps you hooked to the game.

Overall, Thunder Tier One is a fun game to spend some time with your friends without letting go of the rage, while also having some brainstorming sessions on your next plan of attack.


  • Nice graphics and sound design
  • Gameplay and combat feel smooth
  • Multiple ways to enjoy even when singles are in the queue
  • A great game to start your top-down shooter career


  • AI teammates aren’t smart enough
  • Some bugs and bugs can ruin the experience
  • Most of the tasks in the campaign are the same

Rating (out of 10): 8

Thunder is available on Tier One Steam 529 for Rs.

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