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Die Hard 2: Die Harder is a 2D shooting gallery.

In the early 90’s, two things just wouldn’t die: Bruce Willis in the Die Hard trilogy of movies, and, well, 2D point-and-click shooters. Renowned software undertaker Grandslam was happily ready to dig the grave several inches deeper for both. The spade: a game called Die Hard 2: Die Harder.

Based on the 1990 movie Die Hard 2, the program sends you through five stages modelled after key scenes of the film. As N.Y. cop John McClane, you have to shoot terrorists invading Washington’s Dulles airport by quickly aiming a crosshair at them. You’ll successively clear the luggage center, airport annexe and runway, then chase after the bad guys on a snowmobile and finally shoot it out on the wing of the terrorist’s plane. Each stage consists of three screens; on the last one, several tougher bosses will appear. Occasionally, civilians cross the room and pray that you don’t kill them. Most dying terrorists drop power-ups, namely med-kits, armour, grenades and weapons that are more powerful or fire faster. You collect these items by shooting them in time. If you do not aim fast enough, the terrorist’s bullets will drain your health; you may die three times, but after that, John McClane bites the dust once and for all. Until you restart, that is.

For more information on the movie Die Hard 2, see the trivia and links sections.


Die Hard 2: Die Harder DOS Shooting at pasteboard targets in the training range.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder DOS Title screen.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder DOS Stage 1: Luggage Center. Destroying terrorists and suitcases.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder DOS Stage 2 bosses: painters have to die!

Alternate Titles

  • "Die Hard II" -- Media title

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1992 5 out of 12 42
Play Time Sep, 1992 41 out of 100 41


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German index

On December 22, 1992, Die Hard 2: Die Harder was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. More information about this topic can be found in the game group.


The game has rightfully earned its place in the Hall of Shame for games with the worst ending sequences. The player's reward for successfully shooting through hundreds of terrorists is a blue screen with one line: "You completed your mission".


The high-score list of Die Hard 2: Die Harder is filled alternately with the names "John" and "Holly", which are the screen names of the hero and his wife in the movie. Holly places first, having scored the respectable amount of 100,000 points.


Die Hard 2, a 70 million special effects firework, was a huge box office hit all around the world, earning more than 230 million dollars. It is considered a model example of a good action movie. None of the several computer game conversions could live up to that.

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