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Guerrilla War (ZX Spectrum)

Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum This screen displays as the game loads

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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 ZX Spectrum That's another life lost
Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum Finally the player must choose between two different game modes
Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum Tough guy starts in a swamp
Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum This screen displays as the game loads

Alternate Titles

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

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Your Sinclair Jan, 1989 8 out of 10 80

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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
Kabushi (120664) added Guerrilla War (ZX Spectrum) on Dec 21, 2004
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