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- Desert strike -

Desert strike was released about the same time as the gulf war was and it puts you in the shoes of an apache pilot. The apache is a formidable fighting helicopter and it carries both a pilot and navigator/gunner and it is armed with a chaingun, unguided hydra missiles and guided hellfire missiles. You'll have to complete missions each of which have several objectives like taking out radar installations, rescueing personnel and basically striking the enemy where it hurts.

On the start screen you can select your navigator/gunner and your mission but new missions are only available once you have completed previous ones. After a briefing about the mission objectives you are put straight into the action and you can launch from a ship near the coast of your mission area. The game is played from a third person view and you see the apache from from a distance giving you a good view of it's surroundings as well. Once you fly out and are close to land your weapon systems will activate and you can kick some butt.

All your objectives are put into your computer and you can view all of them on the information screen where you can also see the damage you have taken and the amount of ammo left. The info screen also shows your location and the location of your objectives so you can navigate more easily. Objectives don't have to be completed in sequence but it will make your mission easier if you do as often destroying missiles and radar installations will make the enemy less effective. You can easily manouver your apache including turning on the spot and flying backwards and you will need it to destroy those pesky anti-aircraft guns and missiles. You can use your unguided missiles or your guided hellfires to destroy any object but whenever you have the time you should use your gun as it can take out almost anything with enough hits. This is because you have a limited amount of missiles and altough the gun has quite a lot of it none are unlimited. Luckiliy you can pick up new ammo lying around in crates as well as fuel and any friendly troops which if you drop them off at a friendly landing zone will repair some of your damage.

The first time I played desert strike was on a genesis/megadrive which is the original version but it was later ported to a number of other machines. Altough many of the game elements aren't the best like the graphics, sounds and mission variety when combined they offer quite a good game. Many of the mission objectives are quite straightforward but there are some special ones like the one where you have to rescue a testpilot who has crashed and you will have to destroy his experimental plane as well before it falls into enemy hands. All in all a pretty good action game and since there were three sequels made I'm definately not alone on that one.

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser



This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1992.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
This version is pretty close to the origina megadrive version but those loading times completely kill the game.
DOS Released in 1993.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS and win2k PC.
Works fine on windows systems. The problem here is that you can't fire very fast which is a annoying but otherwise the game remains intact.
Megadrive/
Genesis
Released in 1992.
Game has been tested but not completed with WGens v2.11.
The original and in my eyes the best.
SMS - Sega
Master system
Released in 1992.
Game has been tested but not completed with Dega v1.12.
Graphics aren't as smooth as the others but gameplay isn't too much different.
Others These versions are not available.
Gameboy released in 1995.
Gameboy advance released in 2002.
Game gear released in 1994.
Lynx released in 1993.
SNES released in 1992.

Date added Mar-28-2005 15:27
Name Desert strike
Developer Electronic arts
Publisher Electronic arts
First released 1992
Genre Action
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Download Commodore Amiga, filesize: 2433 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 2820 Kb
Sega Master System, filesize: 198 Kb
Sega Megadrive, filesize: 595 Kb
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Manual Download manual , filesize: 2673 Kb
This is the scanned manual for the lynx.
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available
 

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