Operation Wolf

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SEGA Master System
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ZX Spectrum
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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 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 Atari ST In this stage you'll have to rescue five hostages.
Operation Wolf FM Towns Whatever happens, never shoot chicken or bikini women
Operation Wolf Amstrad CPC A hostage runs across the screen
Operation Wolf MSX Shoot the helicopter

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 (9332)
Taito's first attempt at developing a shooter, and one of the best Amiga *Katakis* (37874)
Typical Coin-Op port that probably did better in the arcade DOS MaiZure (114)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Commodore User Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System Sep, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 887 out of 1000 89
The One Amiga Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
Player One TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
The One Atari ST Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 72 out of 100 72


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Operation Wolf appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

BPjS/BPjM index

On April 29, 1989, Operation Wolf was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Operation Wolf 3

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.


If the Tandy/PCjr or CMS/GameBlaster sound modes are being used, then in game sound effects are played through the internal speaker and music is played through the sound hardware. In Adlib mode both music and sound effects are played through the sound board.


  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #77 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award for Best 8-Bit Coin-op conversion (reader's vote)
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award for Best 16-Bit Coin-op conversion (reader's vote)
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