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- Operation wolf -

There was a time that almost all games were released in the arcades first and would be ported to home consoles/computers later. In the process they would often lose some of the content of the game like graphics and sounds and sometimes the controls would have to be adjusted. Operation wolf is one such game because originally in the arcades you were able to hold an UZI submachingun and blast away at the screen. No home machine had a controller like that in those days so the game lost its greatest "gimmick" in the conversion process.

Operatin wolf is a straightforward shooter where you go on a mission to kill all the badguys and rescue some hostages in the process. The screen scrolls sideways and enemies come at you from all over the place, some in tanks and helicopters. You are armed with an UZI and a couple of rockets with which you have to take them out. Extra ammo can occasionally be found lying on the ground but usually you have to shoot some animal and they will drop it. Each level you have to take out a set number of troops, tanks and helicopters and if you manage to do this before you're health reaches zero you advance a level. On the last two of the six levels you also have to save hostages to succesfully complete the level.

The game is enjoyable but because it suffers from repetetive gameplay, all the levels are almost the same except for the backgrounds and some different enemies, this means it won't last for very long. Also the joystick based controls aren't nearly as fun or effective as the original gun but this is more a hardware limitation than anything else. There was also a sequel made called operation thunderbolt which had more variety in level design and best of all it has a two player cooperative mode which is great fun.If you want to try the game I suggest the PC-engine version because it is the best overall.

Overal rating: 6/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1988.
I remember a bug in the last mission where even if you saved all the hostages it would say that you saved none and it would be game over.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with winAPE v2.0 A6.
The screen scrolls at an incredible pace compared to the others making it quite hard. Graphics and sound are among the better version.
Atari ST Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with Steem v3.2.
Graphics are nice to look at but they along with the controls are very sluggish making the game somewhat unplayable.
I could not get this game to work with Saint because for some reason it does register mouseclicks and you cannot start the game. I used Steem instead and it works ok.
C64 Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 V2.0 win.
Graphics are ok for what the system is capable of but compared to the others it's only soso.
DOS Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS PC.
Graphically the best the best one in VGA mode, too bad it does not support soundblaster so the sound effects are rather weak.
NES Released in 1990.
Game has been tested but not completed with FCE ultra 0.98.12.
About the same as the C64 version.
Turbo Grafx
Released in 1990 developed by NEC.
Game has been tested but not completed with Magic Engine 0.98.
This is the best version with excellent sound and graphics.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1988.
Game has been tested and completed with emuZwin 2.5.
The single color graphics make things a bit blurry. The zip-file contains the 48 and 128 version with the former having no sound.
Others The original was released in the arcades with a large gun you could use to point and shoot, it was great fun but sadly lacked a two-player option which was later included in the sequel called operation thunderbolt.

Date added Dec-09-2004 19:04
Name Operation wolf
Developer Taito
Publisher Ocean
First released 1988
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 57 Kb
Atari ST, filesize: 580 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 47 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 597 Kb
Nintendo Entertainment System, filesize: 89 Kb
PC-engine, filesize: 345 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 132 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 1075 Kb
Zip contains the scanned manual from the NES.
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