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Guerrilla War (Commodore 64)

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Description

A tropical island (specified as Cuba in the Japanese original) is being oppressed by a dictator, but fortunately one or two brave US soldiers (Ernesto "Che" Guevara in the Japanese version) are on hand to restore justice. March through the rivers, swamps and forests to overthrow the dictator (specified as Batista in Japan) in this evolution of the Commando style.

The game scrolls vertically, as you move up the screen shooting enemies, finding good strategic firing points and collecting powerups. As the enemy soldiers come towards you in groups, some care is required when picking them off, either using your gun or the grenades. There are also hostages carried by some soldiers, with points bonuses for not shooting these but shooting their captors. Each level ends with a boss.

Screenshots

Guerrilla War Commodore 64 Rescue these hostages!
Guerrilla War Commodore 64 Watch out for these tanks
Guerrilla War Commodore 64 Title screen
Guerrilla War Commodore 64 A game in progress

Alternate Titles

  • "Revolution Heroes" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game release title
  • "Guevara" -- Japanese title
  • "ゲバラ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Zzap! Feb, 1989 19 out of 100 19
Power Play Jan, 1989 17 out of 100 17

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Trivia

Cancelled ports

Amiga and Atari ST conversions were under development for Ocean, but the developers didn't complete them.

Version differences

The original Japanese version of Guerrilla War is quite different storywise from the U.S. version. The characters you're playing as (according to the Japanese version) are actually Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and the plot was the two of them trying to overthrow the Batista dictatorship of 1950s Cuba. Of course, since that's a sensitive topic to talk about here in the U.S., it had to be totally changed for U.S. audiences.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith
Servo (55921) added Guerrilla War (Commodore 64) on Oct 11, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Old man gamer (302), PCGamer77 (3027), Lain Crowley (5410), 666gonzo666 (38224), Kabushi (121961) and Martin Smith (63162)