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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.

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Guerrilla War PC Booter The opening story (CGA)
Guerrilla War NES You get minus points every time you kill an innocent
Guerrilla War PC Booter Don't shoot the hostages! (EGA)
Guerrilla War NES The first boss battle - a car. Soon soldiers will jump out of it

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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

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 704 out of 1000 70
GamesCollection PlayStation 3 Mar 30, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jul, 1989 27 out of 40 68
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
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 19 out of 100 19
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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