A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol (SNES)

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Playing as a jet pilot of the "Coalition" force, players take control of either an F-15 Eagle, or an A-10 Tankbuster jet. The mission is to neutralise the offensive forces of the Zarak army, who have recently invaded a smaller neighbouring country. The Zarak army has many ground units, including tanks, stinger-missile launchers, SCUD missiles and armored vehicles.

To accomplish the ultimate goal of defeating the Zarak army, players venture out on numerous missions (called "sorties") that have varied and specific objectives. Typically, various installations such as radar sites, air bases or ground units are the target. Other missions include disabling an oil-pipeline and destroying SCUD launchers before they fire.

Pre-mission screens ask the player to select from the two planes. Then, the player can specify the armament to carry into the sortie. Air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles are available for each of the planes. Here, a strategic choice between countering either air units or ground units has to be made, as each area (of which there are eight) is patrolled by opposing enemy F-15 jets.

The game is played through the isometric-perspective, and the plane's speed and direction can be be adjusted in real-time. Altitude however, is fixed. A missile/bomb-target is constantly shown on the ground before the plane, allowing players to aim at units, or, with the F-15, a lock-on targeting system is available.

The game also makes use of a briefing before each mission, and also a further briefing by an animated colonel on the tarmac just before take-off. Various debriefing screens are shown also, and, if the player attains a certain strike rate, a "GNN" news story may play out. For each mission, a time-limit and minimum destruction-rate must be met. You can take-off as often as need be to attain this.


A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol SNES Choosing a fighter jet
A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol SNES Game options
A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol SNES The cross-hairs in green can lock on to a target
A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol SNES Intro cutscene

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Alternate Titles

  • "デザートファイター 砂の嵐作戦" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Desert Fighter: Suna no Arashi Sakusen " -- Japanese title
  • "Desert Fighter" -- European title

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A Well Made and Eerily Relevant Jet Fight Simulator. So Hai (347) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) Aug, 1994 2 out of 6 80
GamePro (US) Oct, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Megablast Sep, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Video Games Aug, 1994 72 out of 100 72
Mega Fun Aug, 1994 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1994 8 out of 12 67
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jul, 1994 5.6 out of 10 56


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So Hai (347) added A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol (SNES) on Mar 07, 2008