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Guerrilla War

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
3.8
Amstrad CPC
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3.3
PlayStation 3
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4.0
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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 NES This tank looks intimidating, but it is easy to beat
Guerrilla War NES The first boss battle - a car. Soon soldiers will jump out of it
Guerrilla War NES The story
Guerrilla War Arcade Go fast or tanks-guys kill hostage

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic NES Jul 27, 2007 A- 91
1UP! NES Oct 16, 2009 87 out of 100 87
GamesCollection PlayStation 3 Mar 30, 2013 7 out of 10 70
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 64 out of 100 64
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 63 out of 100 63
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3 out of 5 60
GameCola.net NES May, 2005 5.8 out of 10 58
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 567 out of 1000 57
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 19 out of 100 19
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 17 out of 100 17

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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.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith
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