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You have been recruited for Operation Wolf, a desperate attempt to rescue prisoners from the enemy. Through a series of missions, you'll engage a variety of enemies, from soldiers to ninjas, patrol boats to helicopters, and more. Can you carry the day?

Operation Wolf is an arcade game by Taito. It is essentially a bitmapped "rail-shooter", where you basically hold the gun and shoot just about everything that moves, while conserving your ammo and grenades. Shoot ammo/grenades and healing items on the screen to "pick them up". Your primary machine gun can kill everything if you hit it enough times, but you can also use the grenade launcher for really deadly targets like helicopters or armored cars. You can collect a machine gun which will allow you to shoot faster for a few seconds.

You'll be pummelled by a LOT of enemies. Some will be shooting, others will be tossing grenades, knifes, and more. Some are armored and requires more than a few hits, others dodges. You can shoot grenades and knifes out of the air if you aim well enough. There are also civilians running around which can be shot, but it's not beneficial.

Bosses appear at the end of some levels, and each has a specific weakness you need to exploit.


Operation Wolf DOS As with some other Taito DOS ports, it's possible to switch the CGA palettes, here is one example
Operation Wolf Amstrad CPC Stage 6: Airport
Operation Wolf Amstrad CPC Stage 1: Communication Setup
Operation Wolf TurboGrafx-16 Post-game debrief

Promo Images

Operation Wolf Magazine Advertisement Page 112
Operation Wolf Magazine Advertisement Page 7
Operation Wolf Magazine Advertisement Page 5

Alternate Titles

  • "Operation Wolf: Take No Prisoners" -- Tag-lined title
  • "オペレーション・ウルフ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A salute to Chuck Norris and his legacy of blowing up jungles. DOS Zovni (10627)
Taito's first attempt at developing a shooter, and one of the best Amiga Katakis | カタキス (42880)
Typical Coin-Op port that probably did better in the arcade DOS MaiZure (126)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Arcade Jun 07, 2005 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System Sep, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1988 89 out of 100 89
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1991 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Commodore User Amiga Feb, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Mean Machines NES Aug, 1992 53 out of 100 53
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Sep 25, 2018 10 out of 20 50


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Operation Wolf appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

BPjS/BPjM index

On April 29, 1989, Operation Wolf was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


If the Tandy/PCjr or CMS/GameBlaster sound modes are being used, then in game sound effects are played through the internal speaker and music is played through the sound hardware. In Adlib mode both music and sound effects are played through the sound board.


  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #77 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award for Best 8-Bit Coin-op conversion (reader's vote)
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award for Best 16-Bit Coin-op conversion (reader's vote)
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