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Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

DOS - 1994

Also available on: Genesis - SEGA Master System - Game Gear - Amiga

Alt names デザートストライク 湾岸作戦, Desert Strike: Wangan Sakusen, Desert Strike Advance, Desert Strike, Apache AHX: Desert Madman
Year 1994
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Contemporary, Helicopter, Middle East, Shooter, War
Publisher Gremlin Interactive Limited
Developer Electronic Arts, Inc.
Perspectives Isometric, Bird's-eye view
Dosbox support Playable on current version
4.49 / 5 - 33 votes

Description of Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

Pretty cool conversion of Electronic Arts' Mega Drive action hit Desert Strike, the first game in their "Strike"-games series.

An isometric-view heli-shooter, not bad at all - just leave out the idiotic story. That banal premise has probably been played to death by the many follow-ups, without adding anything to the game. Despite cliche premise (part of the war effort in the Gulf, yada yada yada), the game is a lot of fun. Your helicopter has various weapons and a winch, which can be used to pickup ammo, fuel, armor, and even POW's. Missions range from rescue to seek and destroy, and the game switches objectives often enough that it never becomes boring. The maps are huge, and full of interesting power-ups, secrets, and various ground-based enemies. You can blow up most things, including buildings, and the graphics are superior to most games at the time.

Overall, a great game for all fans of shooters which might even appeal to flight sim gamers. The successor Jungle Strike is also available at this site.

Note: You might experience a "divide overflow" problem when trying to start the game. If you're one of these unlucky ones, just execute the game a couple of times in succession. It usually works for me after the 10th or so try ;)

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

César 2017-02-04 2 points DOS version

Wow! Desert Strike! I remember this as a HARD one! :D It will be a pleasure to play it again! Thanks!

Reyce 2016-08-10 0 point


Destroying stuff is fun, winching stuff is also fun, shooting rifleman with your superior heavy duty weaponry is fun, therefore this game is fun. Logic!
The sound effects do the rest of the title justice and you may even relive your own personal version of the opening to Apocalypse Now after you’ve flown through the 2-3 hour campaign – provided you’ve got the ‘skillz’ and enough whiskey to drink yourself into a sexy and sad stupor.

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FoNUS 2016-04-10 0 point Amiga version

Hours of fun.
Killing "The madman" in his bunker.

chiar 2015-02-05 1 point DOS version

classic. loved playing this on my old SEGA.

Erik 2014-09-07 0 point DOS version

Is the moderating of comments a new thing? Or just very lazely implemented?

cesc1 2014-04-24 2 points DOS version

old nice one!

Barack Obama 2013-09-10 -7 points DOS version

My Obamacare will pocket me millions. Thank you Allah for your guidance.

bassdokter 2013-07-19 2 points DOS version

i love this game!!!!

persian hero 2013-03-02 -1 point DOS version

life and .....boom!!

carlsgro 2013-01-28 -1 point DOS version

Before the terrorists showed their monkey faces, boom we shot them to smithereens

Carlsgro 2013-01-08 -1 point DOS version

before the terrorists showed their monkey faces, boom we shot them to smithereens

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