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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., Granite Bay Software
Perspectives Isometric, Bird's-eye view
Dosbox support Playable on current version
4.48 / 5 - 56 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

JC 2020-06-02 -2 points DOS version

I loved this game so much when I was a teen. I found a copy in a mom and pop shop on a disk that came with a fifth level. Basically the madman finished his super weapon and you had to destroy it. It this that version by chance because I never finished it?

Charles Hawtrey 2020-05-24 -4 points

Awwww, Andy. You shouldn't have to hold Fn darling. You must be playing this on a modern fangled laptop of sorts, a Compaq perhaps. Awww. You need to disable the need to hold Fn for normal F-key functionality in your BIOS dear. Then I think you'll find your F-keys work normally under everyday Windows use too.

Oooh I say.

Andy 2020-05-11 -2 points

Figured it out, need to press "Fn" and "F1" together, cheers

Andy 2020-05-11 -3 points DOS version

I can't seem to bring up the map... any ideas??? Tried pressing "0" or "F10" but no joy. kind of need that to play. any help appreciated :-)

Sid James 2020-05-04 2 points

Aaa, wha wha ha ha hahaha...

Charles Hawtrey 2020-05-04 1 point

Ooooh, I say!

Kenneth Williams 2020-05-04 1 point

Charles, you dirty old sauce! You should know better. I'll be sure to tell Matron!

Charles Hawtrey 2020-05-04 2 points

Oooh, Delilah. So do I love, so do I.

Delilah 2020-05-04 3 points

I like a big gun

Gary 2020-05-02 3 points

I like to wear my mum's knickers.

chromax 2019-10-07 -1 point

What is the best version?

My opinion is, that the Amiga version looks best but the framerate is a low for today. The explosions and sound effects are great.
The PC version is really fluid, but the explosions look really lame compared to amiga and there are no speech samples.
The Genesis was the first version and is a little between. Very fluid, the explosions are not so bad (but also not so huge like amiga), but the menu for example or the mission screen with your targets looks very simple. On amiga everything looks like the apache dashboard.

César 2017-02-04 1 point 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 -1 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 -1 point Amiga version

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

chiar 2015-02-05 2 points 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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