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Description

The Citizens Defence Force does not trust the United Nations to keep a troubled 21st century world at peace. It confiscates a horde of planes and warships, and as a UN loyalist, it is your job to shoot them down. Solving starvation and disease can wait, apparently.

The game is split into 8 stages, which are split into sub-stages over land and sea, each of which has a strict time limit, and a target number of planes to shoot down. They take place from behind your plane, which can be controlled with ‘up’ referring to ‘climb’ or ‘dive’, depending on player preference. You are armed with 10 missiles as well as standard weapons. The plane can survive a few hits, so watch the damage report as it goes from red to black.

Fail to complete a section in the time limit and you use up a continue, but the amount of planes previously shot down is not reset, making the second attempt easier Chase HQ style. As you destroy enemies you gain access to better planes, and the rank reported at the end of the game improves – this is also dependent on the skill level you play at.

Screenshots

G-Loc: Air Battle SEGA Master System Title screen
G-Loc: Air Battle ZX Spectrum Looks like more of the same
G-Loc: Air Battle Commodore 64 Enemy planes en masse
G-Loc: Air Battle ZX Spectrum After the tape has been stopped a small animation confirms the game's name. It later goes on to credit the company who did the 8-bit conversion and asks you to press ENTER

Promo Images

G-Loc: Air Battle Screenshot
G-Loc: Air Battle Screenshot
G-Loc: Air Battle Screenshot
G-Loc: Air Battle Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Ages: G-Loc Air Battle" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "G-Loc R360" -- Computer title
  • "G-Loc" -- Official abbreviation
  • "ジー・ロック" -- Japanese spelling
  • "지-락" -- Korean spelling

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Sega Pro (UK) SEGA Master System Feb, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Raze Game Gear Sep, 1991 76 out of 100 76
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Video Chums Nintendo Switch Apr 30, 2020 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear May, 1991 22 out of 40 55
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1992 35 out of 100 35
Play Time Amiga Oct, 1992 29 out of 100 29
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Gear 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Crash! Arcade Feb, 1991 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The arcade version of G-Loc: Air Battle (R-360) appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade version

G-Loc's main gimmick was that in the arcade version, you could find it in the so-called R360 cabinet variant, which placed the player in a hydraulic seat that was actually capable of making 360 turns and placing the player upside-down. Complete with safety bars and an "eject" button for the wusses that would immediately straighten the cabinet, the R360 even had a "demo" mode for people that just wanted to experience an amusement ride instead of actually playing the game.

Cover art

US/Europe Cover of the Game Gear version of G-Loc has a picture of F-16 Fighting Falcon in its cover. In the game however you pilot an F-14 Tomcat. An example of many cover-game inconsistencies during that time...

In other media

The arcade version of G-Loc: Air Battle is briefly seen in the original music video for U2's 1992 single Even Better Than The Real Thing during the song's bridge.

It was also seen in the arcade scene of the episode "Simone" (season 1 episode 3) in the television series La Femme Nikita (1997).

Information also contributed by Rad Spencer
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