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WWII: Desert Rats is a World War II-era third-person action game that incorporates driving and shooting elements.

Players control a two-man British Jeep team behind German lines in North Africa. The driver of the Jeep is always the same, though the player has a choice of five different tail gunners, each with their own different attributes. For example, one of them may be better with the bazooka, while another one is best with grenades, etc. However, all gunners are able to use all weapons.

Controls are similar to a first-person shooter. The keyboard moves the Jeep around while the mouse aims the weapon operated by the gunner. This allows the player to drive in one direction while shooting at enemies alongside or even behind the Jeep.


WWII: Desert Rats Windows A shot from a briefing video
WWII: Desert Rats Windows Different types of weapons can be selected here.
WWII: Desert Rats Windows The mission tree
WWII: Desert Rats Windows Loading screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "WWII Desert Rats: Combat, Conduite, Aventure" -- French title

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User Reviews

A good game from ValuSoft? Yes! Atomic Punch! (194) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Jun 20, 2002 76 out of 100 76
GameSpot Apr 18, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
7Wolf Magazine Mar 27, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
GameGenie 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide 2002 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50 Oct 23, 2003 5 out of 20 25 Mar 22, 2006 3 out of 20 15


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Atomic Punch! (194) added WWII: Desert Rats (Windows) on Jul 13, 2003