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Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

aka: Apache AHX: Desert Madman, Desert Strike, Desert Strike Advance, Desert Strike: Wangan Sakusen

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Critic Reviews 82% add missing review

GamePro (US) (4.5 out of 5)

Desert Strike flies. it's easy to play, but tough. If you're a hard-core heli-warrior with an itch for Special Ops war action lifted straight from yesterday's headlines, scratch here. Economic sanctions will never make a good video game, so take to the skies with Desert Strike. the action's hot!

Dec 1992 · SNES

Play Time (87 out of 100)

Grafisch zeigt das Spiel eine ausgezeichnete Auflösung und Konturierung (erwĂ€hnt sei hier die Ray Tracing-Technik bei der Modellaufnahme), die Musik ist gut, die Soundeffekte verblĂŒffend realistisch. Alle wegen der Motivation befragten Internisten raten von dem Spiel dringend ab! - Infarktgefahr. Fazit: Man wĂŒnscht sich mehr Spiele von derartig hohem technischen Stand, denn dann herrscht endlich wieder Spielfreude pur. Dieses Teil gehört ganz oben auf den Olymp Eurer Spielesammlung.

Jan 1993 · SNES

N-Force (87 out of 100)

If you want a shoot-'em-up that stays away from the run-of-the-mill blasting style, jump into the nearest chopper and have a crack at Desert Strike.

Jan 1993 · SNES

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (10 out of 12)

Wer ein gutes Action-Programm mit einer Portion Taktik sucht, der liegt mit Desert Strike goldrichtig – sofern er etwaige moralische Bedenken zur Seite schieben kann.

Dec 1992 · SNES

Nintendo Magazine System UK (83 out of 100)

A sturdy conversion, of a game past its technical peak, but still featuring plenty to do. If you were waiting for this to arrive, buy it without hesitation.

Jan 1993 · SNES

Video Games (82 out of 100)

Die Grafik ist zwar etwas bunter als auf dem Mega Drive, bremst aber stellenweise die Aktion WĂŒsten-Sturm zum Schneckenaufstand. Wenn Dutzende Raketen an Euch vorbeistreifen und zwanzig kleine MĂ€nnchen ĂŒber den Boden hasten, geht die Hardware in die Knie. Trotzdem bleibt ein unterhaltsames Hubschrauberspiel mit vielen Missionen.

Dec 1992 · SNES

Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) (8 out of 10)

Desert Strike Àr ett mycket bra exempel pÄ ett spel som innehÄller en lyckad blandning av action och strategi. Detaljerad grafik och ganska bra musik gör spelet underhÄllande och att det Àr svÄrt att lyckas med alla uppdragen gör att man fÄr bra valuta för pengarna. Enda nackdelen Àr att det ibland kan kÀnnas lite frustrerande svÄrt, men kÀmpar man bara pÄ och kör en bana om och om igen kommer man snart vidare.

May 1993 · SNES

Jeuxvideo.com (15 out of 20)

Desert Strike s'avĂšre ĂȘtre un bon petit shoot'em up comme on les aime. Fluide et intuitif, vous aurez tĂŽt fait de sillonner les cieux du Golfe et de pourfendre vos ennemis. Le cĂŽtĂ© gestion amĂšne de plus une certaine note de rĂ©alisme loin d'ĂȘtre dĂ©sagrĂ©able, bien au contraire. Le seul regret concerne l'ambiance gĂ©nĂ©rale du titre qui aurait gagnĂ© Ă  ĂȘtre un peu plus travaillĂ©e.

Feb 10th, 2010 · SNES · read review

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (28 out of 40)

This is a very good helicopter/action game.

Dec 1992 · SNES

Player Reviews

A Genesis to SNES Standard
by Robbb

The Good
Desert Strike has always been one of my favorite all time games and just within the last 2 years I've been playing it on other platforms beyond the Genesis Realm, from which I came. The version for SNES in almost all ways the same as the Genesis. Graphics are a little bit improved to normal SNES standards, mostly on color, making it almost hard to see the difference if not looked at closely. The music has much been reworked. The controls are a little tough to get used to if you've played on Genesis. But you get it along the way. The cool cinemas like Hollywood inside are just as good as Genesis.

The Bad
What didn't seem to match up good was the music. Now I've always known Desert Strike for having such excellent music scores that gave you a blend of rock, patriotic, hip hop, techno, and orchestra all put together to create something so spectacular that Hollywood could never get any closer! Here on the SNES, it somewhat lost it. It's given a more simple drum beat that sounds only patriotic. The only music that meets the expectations of the Genesis are from the Cinemas. That's where it's more original. Some of the new music is a little better over a few times but not all. And another annoying item is the couple second wait to "load" up the map.

The Bottom Line
What you are looking at is a game from the Genesis that's in a way ported to the SNES with some minor and major changes. Don't get me wrong the gameplay is the same great gaming I love but if the music was still faithful, which has always provided a sense of power, attitude, I think Desert Strike for the SNES would have been a little bit more better.

Jan 5th, 2005 · SNES

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Critic reviews added by SlyDante, Patrick Bregger, Alaka, Mr Almond, lights out party, Scaryfun.