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Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf (Genesis)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (39 votes) 4.0

The Press Says

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Mean Machines
he graphics (particularly the helicopter sprite) and the sound are both excellent and the whole game is beautifully presented with cut-screens, mission details and map screens galore! But how long will all this excitement last? Ruddy ages, that's how long! There are five main missions, each with tem sub-missions, and later ones are incredibly difficult. And even if you get through them all, you still return to see whether you can score more points and find things that you might have missed. Desert Strike is one of the finest Megadrive blasters yet seen, and you'd be bonkers to miss it.
This is one of the best shoot 'em ups to appear in a long time. Unless you're a moralising kind of pacifist there's no excuse for you not to have a copy of this.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Generally, the graphics are well done, especially the helicopter which really does look the part and would have any third-world grunt cacking his knickers. It's a pity that the sound effects are of only average quality; the noise of your rotor blades is a pitiful click, for instance. But all in all, I think Desert Strike's a good 'un, even though it get's a little samey the longer you play.
Game Zero
The Genesis really needs some more games like this. This action/simulation game is as realistic as they get. I was very impressed with the graphic detail as well as the play control. Bravo, Electronic Arts, you've struck oil (no pun intended). Unfortunately, the Desert Storm reference slightly dates the game, but... who cares? I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel... How about it?
Desert Strike est l'un de leurs meilleurs titres et la trilogie des Strike (avec aussi deux épisodes sur Playstation) l'une de leurs meilleures licences; une époque où les mots "arts électroniques" avaient encore un peu de sens. Mais il faut avouer aussi qu'EA se contente ici d'éditer, le jeu étant développé par un indépendant, Mike Posehn et son studio Granite Bay Software. C'est à eux que reviennent vraiment tous les honneurs, et le blâme, car si Desert Strike est un excellent jeu, il rate, comme beaucoup de titres Electronic Arts qui ont du mal à revivre avec la mouvance nostalgique, le niveau au-dessus, celui d'un jeu culte, du fait de ce manque de perfection dans à peu près tous les domaines. C'est dommage, mais cela ne l'empêche pas de demeurer une expérience très satisfaisante et un jeu assez unique en son genre, et puis, il y a toujours les suites ! même si celles-ci perdent tout ce qui faisait la légende de leur aîné: le contexte politique.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Normalerweise geht mir bei solch harten Actionspielen der Draht aus der Mitte, aber bei Desert Strike gibt es eben eine nicht zu verachtende taktische Note. Die Missionen sind abwechslungsreich, das Flugverhalten des Hubschraubers realistisch und der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist in Ordnung. Wäre da nicht, ja wäre nicht der (immer noch!) aktuelle Aufhänger Golfkrieg. Ein anderes Szenario hätte diesem Spiel auf jeden Fall die Note 'absolut geschmacklos' erspart.
The Video Game Critic
Desert Strike is fun to play and requires quick thinking as well as strategy. If you go in just trying to blow everything up, you'll use up all of your ammo and wind up a sitting duck. As you take out specific targets, additional fuel and ammo become available. There is a wide variety of missions including destroying targets, rescuing prisoners, capturing an ambassador, stopping an oil spill, and taking out SCUD launchers. Passwords allow you to save your progress after completing each mission. The difficulty ramps very gradually. Desert Strike is a very original and well-designed game.
Power Play
Wenn man allerdings, und das fällt mir in diesem Fall besonders schwer, alle Moral beiseite schiebt, bleibt unterm Strich ein fantastisches Actionspiel übrig, das vom ersten bis zum letzten Level Spannung pur liefert. Dumpfes Abknallen nach Rambo-Manier ist bei Desert Strike fehl am Platz. Neben der beinharten Action kommen auch strategische Aspekte nicht zu kurz. Wer nicht genau plant und sich seine Nachschubreserven einteilt, dürfte kaum den ersten Auftrag schaffen. Selbst wer seine Reserven hütet, hat damit schon Probleme genug: Der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad von Desert Strike dürfte so manchen Joypad-Artisten auf die Palme bringen. Technisch gibt's keinen Anlaß zum Murren. Vor allem auf 60-Hz-Mega-Drives wird flüssig in alle Richtungen gescrollt. Nur bei den mit 50 Hz etwas langsameren Europakollegen schleicht sich Ruckeln ein. Dafür entschädigen die (leider etwas zu genaue) detailreiche Grafik und die sparsamen, aber krachigen Soundeffekte um so mehr.
Game Informer Magazine
Gun targeting problems and lackluster backgrounds could be said to hurt the game, but Desert Strike and its two sequels (Jungle Strike and Urban Strike) might surprise you with their complexity.
Don't let the fact that Desert Strike only has four levels scare you off. All four of the levels are huge, and they have several challenging and fun objectives to complete. Even if you're not super crazy about games in which you control an aircraft or games about war, give Desert Strike a chance. I didn't think I would like the game one bit at first, but it turned out to be one of my favorites.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Try as they might, these gunship military games really need a big screen and a large platform. Unfortunately, Desert Strike just doesn't cut it on the small screen, despite pretty good graphics. The effect just isn't there.