G-Loc Air Battle

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Amstrad CPC
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Genesis
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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 Amstrad CPC Loading screen
G-Loc Air Battle Genesis Introductory anim
G-Loc Air Battle Genesis The totals rise as the game progresses
G-Loc Air Battle Arcade Game Over

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Raze Game Gear Sep, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Video Games Game Gear Dec, 1991 52 out of 100 52
Génération 4 Game Gear Feb, 1991 52 out of 100 52
Play Time Genesis May, 1993 51 out of 100 51
Sega-16.com Genesis Jun 15, 2009 5 out of 10 50
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1992 35 out of 100 35
Play Time SEGA Master System Feb, 1992 25 out of 100 25
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Aug, 1992 3 out of 12 25
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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