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Description

A tropical island (specified as Cuba in the Japanese original) is being oppressed by a dictator, but fortunately one or two brave US soldiers (Ernesto "Che" Guevara in the Japanese version) are on hand to restore justice. March through the rivers, swamps and forests to overthrow the dictator (specified as Batista in Japan) in this evolution of the Commando style.

The game scrolls vertically, as you move up the screen shooting enemies, finding good strategic firing points and collecting powerups. As the enemy soldiers come towards you in groups, some care is required when picking them off, either using your gun or the grenades. There are also hostages carried by some soldiers, with points bonuses for not shooting these but shooting their captors. Each level ends with a boss.

Screenshots

Guerrilla War PC Booter Don't shoot the hostages! (EGA)
Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum At the end of the corridor is a trap door labelled in. To get there the guards and the sand bags must be blown up. Watch out for hidden guards in the green area
Guerrilla War Arcade I'm surrounded
Guerrilla War Arcade In tank - so much fun!

Promo Images

Guerrilla War Screenshot
Guerrilla War Screenshot
Guerrilla War Screenshot
Guerrilla War Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Revolution Heroes" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game release title
  • "Guevara" -- Japanese title
  • "ゲバラ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Questicle.net NES Mar 27, 2013 A 100
The Video Game Critic NES Jul 27, 2007 A- 91
Retro Game Age NES Aug 19, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 704 out of 1000 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jul, 1989 27 out of 40 68
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 64 out of 100 64
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3 out of 5 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 567 out of 1000 57
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 2.2 out of 12 18

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Trivia

Cancelled ports

Amiga and Atari ST conversions were under development for Ocean, but the developers didn't complete them.

Version differences

The original Japanese version of Guerrilla War is quite different storywise from the U.S. version. The characters you're playing as (according to the Japanese version) are actually Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and the plot was the two of them trying to overthrow the Batista dictatorship of 1950s Cuba. Of course, since that's a sensitive topic to talk about here in the U.S., it had to be totally changed for U.S. audiences.

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