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Operation Wolf

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SEGA Master System
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You have been recruited for Operation Wolf, a desperate attempt to rescue prisoners from the enemy. Through a series of missions, you'll engage a variety of enemies, from soldiers to ninjas, patrol boats to helicopters, and more. Can you carry the day?

Operation Wolf is an arcade conversion of the game by Taito. It is essentially a bitmapped "rail-shooter", where you basically hold the gun and shoot just about everything that moves, while conserving your ammo and grenades. Shoot ammo/grenades and healing items on the screen to "pick them up". Your primary machine gun can kill everything if you hit it enough times, but you can also use the grenade launcher for really deadly targets like helicopters or armored cars. You can collect a machine gun which will allow you to shoot faster for a few seconds.

You'll be pummelled by a LOT of enemies. Some will be shooting, others will be tossing grenades, knifes, and more. Some are armored and requires more than a few hits, others dodges. You can shoot grenades and knifes out of the air if you aim well enough. There are also civilians running around which can be shot, but it's not beneficial.

Bosses appear at the end of some levels, and each has a specific weakness you need to exploit.


Operation Wolf TurboGrafx-16 Baddies emerge from some enemy buildings
Operation Wolf SEGA Master System The beginning
Operation Wolf Amstrad CPC Startup
Operation Wolf TurboGrafx-16 Guys at the front are the most dangerous

Alternate Titles

  • "Operation Wolf: Take No Prisoners" -- Tag-lined title
  • "オペレーション・ウルフ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A salute to Chuck Norris and his legacy of blowing up jungles. DOS Zovni (9384)
Taito's first attempt at developing a shooter, and one of the best Amiga *Katakis* (37493)
Typical Coin-Op port that probably did better in the arcade DOS MaiZure (114)

The Press Says

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 93 out of 100 93
Génération 4 Amiga Dec, 1988 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Retroage SEGA Master System Jan 06, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Amiga User International Amiga Feb, 1989 8 out of 10 80
VideoGame SEGA Master System Jul, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Top Secret NES Feb, 1993 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mean Machines NES Aug, 1992 53 out of 100 53
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 31 out of 100 31


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Originally "Operation Wolf" was a coin 'op game, developed by Taito in 1987. The machine was a huge success, followed by "Operation Thunderbolt"

In 1994, the developers published an "Operation Wolf 3" slot machine. The gameplay was exactly the same as in the first part, but had a special mission at end of each level.
Contributed to by Quapil (4745), Rola (6576), Sciere (232458), Martin Smith (63198), Servo (55897), drewbar (1084) and *Katakis* (37493)