Beach-Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back
Amstrad CPC - 1985
Description of Beach-Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back Amstrad CPC
1985, the year Beach-Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back was released on Amstrad CPC, as well as Apple II, Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64. Made by Access Software, Inc. and published by U.S. Gold Ltd., this action game is available for free on this page.
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Spectron 2017-05-26 0 point Commodore 64 version
A real classic! Features 4 tense action sequences that pit you against the CPU (or even a buddy) as either the Allies or Dictator, each having a unique objective that will challenge your ability to both attack and defend as you alternate between mowing down incoming troops, setting routes for strategic invasions, piloting an escape chopper and more! Between the 4 scenarios and 2 factions that adds up to good replay value, although you're gonna want a dry run if you haven't (recently) played Beach Head 2 because your goal isn't always spelled out for you. Once you figure out all the mechanics you'll be rewarded with surprising depth for an action game, making for some tense strategizing as you send your little troopers running off into the fray, or attempt to leap over that incoming knife!
Although they appear simple, the graphics are used intelligently to convey the gameplay mechanics--the angle of a turret, the speed of a thrown projectile, the height of a moving anti-vehicle mine--in such a way that you'll quickly be able to rely on them to work out a strategy. The graphics are bright and clear, and effects such as actual bullet holes along with generous animation give them a timeless simplicity that translates well in a now-vintage action/strategy game.
The audio is great too, most notably the voice samples which were impressive for the era and lighten the tone a little. Other than that it uses white noise to good effect for the actual combat sounds, but features no in-game music aside from the opening credits...it's forgivable thanks to those cool voice samples and overall SFX quality.
A must-play on the C64, especially with a second controller. Don't miss this one!
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