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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.

Screenshots

Guerrilla War NES Now I'm riding a tank through the town!
Guerrilla War PC Booter The opening story (CGA)
Guerrilla War Amstrad CPC Starting up...
Guerrilla War NES Interesting location...

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
  • "ゲバラ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Questicle.net NES Mar 27, 2013 A 100
Retro Game Age NES Aug 19, 2013 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection PlayStation 3 Mar 30, 2013 7 out of 10 70
RetroGame Man NES Jan 12, 2016 7 out of 10 70
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 64 out of 100 64
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 63 out of 100 63
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3 out of 5 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 567 out of 1000 57
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 19 out of 100 19
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 17 out of 100 17

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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.

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