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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 Commodore 64 Rescue these hostages!
Guerrilla War NES The story
Guerrilla War NES Finally, a quite location...
Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum When playing by keyboard there's a handy reminder of the action keys

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

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) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 63 out of 100 63
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3 out of 5 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 567 out of 1000 57
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 23 out of 100 23
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 2.2 out of 12 18
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 17 out of 100 17
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.

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