DescriptionThe first game in the Strike series. A year after the Gulf War, a self-styled general named Kilbaba (Muababa in the GBA version) takes over an Arab Emirate and threatens to start World War III against his western enemy, the United States. The whole world holds its breath as the President has chosen you to destroy Kilbaba and his terrorist army before he launches a nuclear attack on the world!
You must fly a specially designed AH-64A Apache on a series of missions to rescue missing-in-action characters, destroy power plants, blow apart SCUD missiles, etc. to take out the enemy defense while trying to find out Kilbaba's plans.
The player controls the helicopter from an overhead, isometric perspective. The Apache is equipped with three weapon types: a machine gun and two types of missiles of different strength. During the missions, the player must beware anti-aircraft guns, missile launchers and tanks, outmaneuvering enemy fire or destroying the enemy weaponry. The Apache is destroyed if its fuel runs out, or if the armor (functioning as health) is completely depleted. However, armor can be replenished by bringing back MIA soldiers and prisoners of war back to the landing zone. There are also fuel, ammo and armor pickups available on the field.
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- "デザートストライク 湾岸作戦" -- Japanese spelling
- "Desert Strike: Wangan Sakusen" -- Japanese title
- "Desert Strike Advance" -- GBA title
- "Desert Strike" -- SEGA Master System title
- "Apache AHX: Desert Madman" -- Working title
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|One of the Greatest games for Genesis||Genesis||Robbb (136)|
|Not good, not really bad...||Game Boy Advance||chromax (37)|
|A Genesis to SNES Standard||SNES||Robbb (136)|
|Sega Pro (UK)||Genesis||Apr, 1992||92 out of 100||92|
|Sega Master Force||SEGA Master System||Dec, 1993||90 out of 100||90|
|Game Zero||Genesis||Jun, 1992||90.5 out of 100||90|
|The Video Game Critic||Genesis||Dec 21, 1999||B+||83|
|Power Play||Amiga||May, 1993||80 out of 100||80|
|PC Joker||DOS||Oct, 1994||75 out of 100||75|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Game Gear||Dec, 1993||34 out of 50||68|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Game Boy||Feb, 1995||33 out of 50||66|
|Video Games||Game Gear||Mar, 1994||62 out of 100||62|
|Video Game City||Game Boy Advance||2002||5.5 out of 10||55|
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1001 Video GamesDesert Strike: Return to the Gulf appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
ApacheThe design of the Apache in Desert Strike is not what it really is in real life. The tail rotor in back from the game is circular with the tail blades in cased like a circle, with the wing piece placed on top. The actual military design has the tail rotor looking more simple, with the tail blades attached freely, with the wing piece placed on the bottom.
Simply, the design is more different and it is likely due to legal reasons or game design.
ControversyThe game was pulled from some shelves in the UK because of numerous references to the gulf war 1990.
DevelopmentBefore being released, Desert Strike was previously going to be named Apache AHX: Desert Madman. The name-change was probably to connect the game more with Operation Desert Storm from the Gulf War, which the game is inspired by.
KibabaThe name of the madman, Gen. Kibaba, is extremely funny. In the Swahili language, properly 'Ki-Swahili,' the word kibaba means a traditional measuring container of the type used for grain -- millet, for example. You can see this in the common saying "Haba na haba hijaza kibaba," which means "Little by little the grain measuring container fills up." This is equivalent to a piece of advice to take things slowly and be patient. In other words, the madman's name is approximately "Gen. Measuring Cup."
PilotThe allied pilots shot down will attempt to evade, but if the bad guys approach, the pilots will shoot back! You can watch, but you're supposed to be rescuing them...
ReferencesGeorge Bush, president of the US at the time Desert Strike was first released, along with his wife Barabra show up in the game ending sequence.
- Amiga Joker
- Issue 02/1994 – #2 Best Action Game in 1993 (Readers' Vote)