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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.


Guerrilla War Arcade Go fast or tanks-guys kill hostage
Guerrilla War Arcade In tank - so much fun!
Guerrilla War Arcade Dedication
Guerrilla War Arcade Map

Promo Images

Guerrilla War Screenshot
Guerrilla War Screenshot
Guerrilla War Screenshot
Guerrilla War Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Revolution Heroes" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game release title
  • "Guevara" -- Japanese title
  • "Arcade Archives: Guerrilla War" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス ゲバラ" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "ゲバラ" -- Japanese spelling

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Retro Archives Mar 14, 2021 12.5 out of 20 62
The Game Hoard Aug 12, 2020 2 out of 7 29
Your Sinclair Apr, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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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 story-wise 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 1950's 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.

Brazilian bootleg version

In Brazil, the game was released by CCE, but renamed to Revolution Heroes and it had the Japanese ROM, without any changes or localization.

Information also contributed by Satoshi Kunsai, Martin Smith, Patrick Bregger, and Rafael Barreto.
666gonzo666 (65451) added Guerrilla War (Arcade) on Jan 23, 2014
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (254253), Old man gamer (386), PCGamer77 (3230), Lain Crowley (6783), Rik Hideto (431330), firefang9212 (75366), Kabushi (257500), Martin Smith (76887) and Servo (57358)