Guerrilla War (ZX Spectrum)

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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.


Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum This is the Hi-Score table. Didn't make it there this time. After this its back to the 1 or 2 player menu
Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum Finally the player must choose between two different game modes
Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum A little further on are two more guards, each behind sandbags. Both have just thrown grenades, hence the pair of craters. Behind is a hostage who usually gets killed
Guerrilla War ZX Spectrum The game's first menu screen ....

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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

Your Sinclair Jan, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 704 out of 1000 70
The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1989 63 out of 100 63


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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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Kabushi (209748) added Guerrilla War (ZX Spectrum) on Dec 21, 2004
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