"Desert Strike is a helicopter game. There is a wide variety of missions including destroying targets, rescuing prisoners, capturing an ambassador, stopping an oil spill, and taking out SCUD launchers. "

Desert Strike - Return to the Gulf

a game by Electronic Arts, Mike Posehn, and Visual Concepts

Action, Arcade Classics, Flying, Shooting Games / Sega GenesisSNESSega Master System

 

Desert Strike - Return to the Gulf

Desert Strike - Return to the Gulf

 

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If you ever played with those little plastic army men, you'll enjoy Desert Strike by Electronic Arts. Unlike the few military strategy games available, this helicopter game requires more action than originally thought -- that is if you want to survive four hellacious missions.

You survey the terrain from above your chopper, and then maneuver in any direction. You launch Hellfire Missiles, release Hydra Missiles, and fire Chain Guns. You have limited ammunition, so keep hunting fa ammo crates. Your fuel supply is also scarce, but that's findable too. To aid your missions, your chopper has a detailed map that pinpoints approximate locations of enemy targets, fuel, ammo, and landing sites.

Don't Fire 'Til You See the Whites of Their Eyes

The screen in Desert Strike scrolls 360 degrees. However, you can only see a small portion of the landscape at a time. Luckily, enemies won't acknowledge your presence until you're almost on top of them, which works to your advantage. You can literally fly rings around them.

ProTips:

  • In Scenario 1, armor is hiding in the northern hangar of the north air base.
  • To destroy the heavily-armed military bases in Scenario 1, use hit-and-run tactics. Launch Hellfire Missiles at watchtowers and AAA's positioned around the perimeter of the base Then retreat, repair your copter, and return to finish the job.

Mission: Impossible

There are four scenarios in Desert Strike, and all of them are pretty difficult. You'll start by trying to find a lost intelligence agent, as you decimate the enemy's air capabilities. In Mission Two you must rescue political prisoners and P.O.W.s, plus locate and destroy S.C.U.D. missile launchers. In Mission Three, your job is to rescue U.N. inspectors then destroy some biological weapon plants. If you get that far, the locations of enemy ICBMs will appear on your mission map.

However, you've got to the sand. As you know, age of sand in the Middle East.

  • To save gas, travel north and south over the water. You don't use any gas when you are over water.
  • In Scenario 1 you need to capture the enemy commanders, not kill them! If you kill them, you'll get a slap on the wrist from your superiors and you'll be sent back to the beginning of the level.

Apocalypse How!

When I play this game, I end up humming "The Ride of the Valkyries". You know, the song playing while helicopters blast the Vietnam beaches in the movie "Apocalypse Now." This game will remind you of that famous scene... plenty of action and explosions. There's even enough military strategy to keep junior generals happy. Desert Strike may be capitalizing on an unfortunate event of this past year, but it's such a well-made video game that you probably won't mind.

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  • Theme: Action
  • Release: 1994

People say:

5

Desert Strike is a good game in itself. But when played on the small screen, it loses some of its effect. Your bullets are almost invisible, and telling exactly what the enemies are is pretty difficult. It controls well, and the animation of the helicopter is good. Another down side is the lack of on-screen colors. They were too dark for me. At least it is something new, and Atari is on the right track with this popular title.

5

I must say that I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, my hopes were let down. Although the Lynx screen is large, everything was so small it's hard to tell what you're shooting at. Going in a dark room helps, though. The controls needed tightening-up as it was too easy to fight the chopper instead of maneuvering it. The missions had variety to them and that adds up to some good fun.

4

I just couldn't get into this game. I found the controls awkward and hard to get used to. The graphics were unimpressive and to top it off, your assault on the enemy is hindered because it was very difficult to see your shots. I will say that the helicopter animation is very smooth and the sound is OK if you can handle portable sound. The many missions are nice, prolonging its play value. Otherwise, this just isn't my thing.

5

This game is just too hard to see and play on the smaller screens. As a 16-Bit version there wastons of game play and strategy but it loses its impact on the small screen. However, the animation and graphics are good enough to get by. The best point is that there are lots of missions to keep you busy as a portable game. It will take some time to get used to the controls but fans of the helicopter game can get into it.

This game becomes tougher after a mission or two; therefore, some extra lives might come in handy. Thus, to add two lives to your current three, enter the following code on the password screen:

TQQLOM

This will add two lives to the ones you already have for a total of five lives! Then, you can start the game, or put in your own level code to start on higher levels.

 

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It's not over 'til it's over! Just when you thought peace reigned over the middle east, U.S. Forces are needed to return to the Gulf in another Desert Strike! Command a military attack chopper as you raid enemy fortifications, rescue your spies and destroy enemy supplies! Your main concerns are the anti-aircraft installments and your fuel supply. You may have to return to refuel many times before you finish a mission.

People say:

8

I really like the look of this new combat action game a lot. The overall perspective allows the cart to show off a new dimension of depth you don't find in similar carts. The action is a bit slow and never develops much intensity, but the storyline and sub-themes make this a top notch shooter/action title!

7

Desert Strike combines the thrill of rescuing hostages on missions that everybody can relate to. The missions aren't easy to complete but with practice they aren't impossible either. Good graphics set in a perspective that is not often seen in a video game. A bit too slow for me but still has a timely plot that keeps you going.

6

Desert Strike is an original idea for a shooter. The 3/4 perspective is cool but the game play is kind of choppy. I like to rescue the hostages and the different missions are good but there isn't anything to rave about. The graphics are good and the sounds are cool. An above average cart that breaks the shooter-mold.

6

It had to happen. Just when every started to forget about the war in the Gult, someone had to go ahead and capitalize on it. It is a great shooter with realistic game play and controls, sparkling graphics and crisp sounds. Had it been named Chopper Strike or something else, it would be cool. Let's not get cocky about war.

 
  • Action
  • One Player
  • Passwords

You fly a U.S. Army Apache helicopter gun-ship. A bearded, Middle Eastern "madman" has invaded a neighboring country. Your commander is rotund and wears camouflage fatigues. Fail, and you suffer the mother of all defeats. Succeed, and you get to low five the Prez. Get the picture?

You will, even if you had your head buried in the sand during Operation Desert Storm. Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf by Electronic Arts combines excellent graphics with slam bang SNES chopper action.

On Strike

EA must be on a mission to corner the 16-bit 'copter gunship market with this game, their Desert Strike Genesis game, and their LHX Attack Chopper. The graphics here are gorgeous. You pilot your aircraft with an outside-the-chopper, 3/4-overhead view that scrolls a mean 360 degrees. That smooth-scrolling look is key, because you use the game's terrific controls to wheel and deal your gunship through the enemy's desert fortifications to complete five lengthy Campaigns.

Desert Strike tosses some nice graphic details at you, too. The cinema sequences are great, and the animation is fine, right down to the teeny, tiny soldiers who scurry across the sand.

The sound effects (primarily weapon shots and booms) are good. Even the constantly whirring helicopter engine doesn't grate on your ears.

Campaign Strategy

The Campaigns are danger-filled and long. Each one consists of several missions that require tactical analysis, as well as a steely trigger finger. In addition to destroying military installations, you save a TV news crew, blast oil spigots that are polluting the sea, transport commandoes on secret missions, and more.

ProTip: Just for fun in Campaign 4, blow up oil tanks instead of protecting them. You'll get a royal butt-chewing and a nice lecture about your "friend" Mr. Oil.

Your helicopter is armed with Chain Guns, Radar-Guided Missiles, and Hydra Missiles. You have to attack, or dodge, robot missile launchers, tanks, and small soldiers armed with hand-held antiaircraft missile launchers. A Battle Map display provides you with critical area intelligence reports.

You can maneuver faster than tanks and robot guns can turn. Try to attack them from the rear.

Sand and Shooting

Desert Strike requires strategy and firepower. Your fuel, ammo, and armor strength are limited resources, which you must replenish by finding supply caches on the ground.

  • The Battle Map can put you right on top of vital supplies, even if they're hidden inside buildings.
  • Watch your armor ratings. Less than 200 is dangerous. Rescued P.O.Ws count for 100 armor points each.
  • Some buildings and tents hide fuel and ammo that don't register on the Battle Map.
  • You cease fuel consumption whenever you display the Map Screen.

To goose the challenge a little more, you can choose three helicopter flying characteristics: From the Cockpit, From Above, and With Momentum. With Momentum is the toughest and the most realistic. As the name implies, you can't stop on a dime.

Peace through Superior Firepower

Desert Strike flies. It's easy to play, but tough. If you're a hard-core heli-warrior with an itch for Special Ops war action lifted straight from yesterday's headlines, scratch here. Economic sanctions will never make a good video game, so take to the skies with Desert Strike. The action's hot!

Get set for some hellacious helicopter flying! With the copilot of your choice fly a solo mission into the heart of the Middle East. Your objective: eliminate a hostile dictator and his military operation. Sounds familiar. This game is a combo of arcade blasting action and war simulation and strategy.

 

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Desert Strike – Return to the Gulf, or simply Desert Strike, is a well-known shoot 'em up video game developed and published by Electronic Arts (EA) in 1992 for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. Later on the game was ported on other platforms, including Amiga's home computer.

The story of the game was inspired by the real Gulf War and follows the conflict between the United States and an insane Middle Eastern dictator. The player control an Apache helicopter in order to destroy the enemies' weapons and installations. The player has also to rescue hostages, capture enemies and manage fuel and ammunition supplies.

The lead designer, Mike Posehn, had no video development experience prior to Desert Strike, but did a very good job by using 3D modeling to generate vehicle sprites. Those were later on touched up on the pixel level.

The game follows the story of Kibaba, who controls an unnamed and fictional Gulf state, as a dictator. The United States are forced to send a helicopter to destroy Kibaba's army, and the helicopter is assigned to the playable character. A bit after the game release the press stated the unnamed country is Iraq, and the fictional dictator is Saddam Hussein.

The player pilots an AH-64 Apache helicopter. The game has lots of strategic elements, though it is mainly a shoot 'em up video game. The game happens in multi-directional scrolling levels from an isometric perspective. The player views the helicopter from outside, and not from the cockpit.

There are several missions in the game, based on destruction of enemy weapons and installations, but also including hostage rescue and enemy personnel capturing. The helicopter has machine guns, Hydra rockets and Hellfire missiles. However, if the player chooses to have very powerful weapons, he will not be able to carry on many in the helicopter. The player will have to choose the right weapon for each mission.

If the helicopter is hit and its armor reaches zero, the machine will be destroyed and the player will lose a life. It's the same with the limited amount of fuel the aircraft can have. However, the helicopter can refuel by picking up fuel barrels.

The video game was a fantastic commercial hit, topping the best seller charts for Electronic Arts at that time. Most of the critics offered favorable reviews, and some publications even offered ratings as 9 out of 10. The game was enjoyable, mixed action and strategy and offered great graphics and sound.

However, some were not happy with the release of the game happening right around the end of the Gulf War. The real-world War focused on the US sending aircrafts and helicopters to destroy enemy weapons, exactly like in the game. One magazine even reported veterans burning copies of the game. Nevertheless, Desert Strike was a hit on the market and a great game to play in 1992.

 

Created by Mike Posehn, John Patrick Manley, and Tony Barnes, this 1991 through 1997 series of releases by Electronic Arts had greatest success for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis platforms. These multi-directional shooter games allow the player to take control of an Apache helicopter equipped with three ammunition types with limited fuel and defense capacity. Search for scattered parts throughout the map and you can more easily repair armor by capturing and delivering POWs or allied soldiers at a drop point. However, beware of your fuel and armor level, because if either reaches zero -– your helicopter crashes and you loose a life.

Desert Strike is the first game in the Strike series. In this game, a self-styled General takes over an Arab Emirate and threatens to start World War III with Western enemies -– the United States. Your job as the player is to stop the General and his terrorist army and prevent him from launching a nuclear attack on the world. Fly you AH-64A Apache through missions as you destroy power plants and perform rescue attempts. While searching for the enemy’s plans take out his defenses and blow apart missiles.

 
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