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Description

The Citizens Defence Force does not trust the United Nations to keep a troubled 21st century world at peace. It confiscates a horde of planes and warships, and as a UN loyalist, it is your job to shoot them down. Solving starvation and disease can wait, apparently.

The game is split into 8 stages, which are split into sub-stages over land and sea, each of which has a strict time limit, and a target number of planes to shoot down. They take place from behind your plane, which can be controlled with ‘up’ referring to ‘climb’ or ‘dive’, depending on player preference. You are armed with 10 missiles as well as standard weapons. The plane can survive a few hits, so watch the damage report as it goes from red to black.

Fail to complete a section in the time limit and you use up a continue, but the amount of planes previously shot down is not reset, making the second attempt easier Chase HQ style. As you destroy enemies you gain access to better planes, and the rank reported at the end of the game improves – this is also dependent on the skill level you play at.

Screenshots

G-Loc Air Battle SEGA Master System Are you an arcade or sim fan?
G-Loc Air Battle ZX Spectrum Take too long and another life is lost
G-Loc Air Battle Amstrad CPC Taking off in the pre-play animation
G-Loc Air Battle Genesis Section 2 has new ground detail

Alternate Titles

  • "G-Loc R360" -- Computer title
  • "G-Loc" -- Official abbreviation
  • "ジー・ロック" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Mar, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Commodore Format Commodore 64 May, 1992 79 out of 100 79
Raze Game Gear Sep, 1991 76 out of 100 76
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Gear Sep, 1991 680 out of 1000 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jun, 1993 7 out of 12 58
Mega Fun Genesis Apr, 1993 51 out of 100 51
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1992 33 out of 100 33
Play Time Amiga Oct, 1992 29 out of 100 29
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Gear 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of G-LOC: Air Battle (R-360) appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade version

G-Loc's main gimmick was that in the arcade version, you could find it in the so-called R360 cabinet variant, which placed the player in a hydraulic seat that was actually capable of making 360 turns and placing the player upside-down. Complete with safety bars and an "eject" button for the wusses that would immediately straighten the cabinet, the R360 even had a "demo" mode for people that just wanted to experience an amusement ride instead of actually playing the game.

Cover art

US/Europe Cover of the Game Gear version of G-Loc has a picture of F-16 Fighting Falcon in its cover. In the game however you pilot an F-14 Tomcat. An example of many cover-game inconsistencies during that time...

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