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G-Loc Air Battle

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 64
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0.6
ZX Spectrum
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1.6
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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 Taking damage
G-Loc Air Battle ZX Spectrum We're off. I played on the EASY setting.
The plane does a nice barrel roll after take-off
G-Loc Air Battle SEGA Master System Are you an arcade or sim fan?
G-Loc Air Battle Genesis The space narrows

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Dec, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Raze Game Gear Sep, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1992 74 out of 100 74
VideoGame Game Gear Oct, 1991 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 Game Gear Feb, 1991 52 out of 100 52
Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Oct 22, 2004 5 out of 10 50
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1992 35 out of 100 35
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1992 33 out of 100 33
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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