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Return Fire

Windows - 1996

Also available on: 3DO

Alt name リターンファイアー
Year 1996
Platform Windows
Released in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Genre Action
Theme Helicopter, Shooter, Tank
Publisher Warner Interactive Entertainment Ltd., Williams Entertainment, Inc.
Developer Silent Software Incorporated
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Diagonal-down
4.31 / 5 - 36 votes

Description of Return Fire

Return Fire was basically the 3DO's best game, and one of the most fun multiplayer action games ever.

You and either a computer player or one of your friends are given control of a bunker equipped with military vehicles and perhaps a base. The goal of the game is very simple: To capture your opponent's flag. For your firepower, you have 4 vehicles. First up is the Tank. Fast moving, and equipped with a rotatable turret, it's firepower is unfortunately fairly low compared to some of the other vehicles.

Next of all is the Rocket Launcher. Far heavier power is let down by poor maneuverability & slow speeds. It has a nice special ability in the fact that it can drop mines, perfect for destroying bridges and defending the flag. You also get the Helicopter, with missiles and bullets. It is very quick, but unfortunately can get quickly destroyed if bogged down by enemy turret fire.

Finally, there is the Jeep. Very fast and easy to drive after you understand it, it's weaponry is pitiful, just some grenades. However, this is the ONLY vehicle that can actually pick up the flag so you can win the scenario.

In single player mode, this game is unfortunately rather boring. But with a friend playing splitscreen the game improves immensely, as you scheme to beat your "friend", who will no doubt be an enemy after a few sessions of Return Fire.

The only criticism I can think of is that it lacks is a map editor, Internet multiplayer options & 3D graphics. All 3 are available in its sequel, Return Fire 2, which I also highly recommend. If you can find this game on CD somehow, you might like to hear the nice classical music they use to set the scene. There is a taster of this in the demo, still available at Games Domain.

Also check out the superior sequel Return Fire 2 on this site if you like the game.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

SocioPlastic 2024-05-07 0 point Windows version

Can barely get to work on windows 10 - color messed up - would love to get this working as it used to. Spent countless hours playing against brothers many years ago.

emkejx 2024-03-27 0 point

a lot of fun on one keyboard, the best game from my childhood. jeep with flag vs heli so funny as always! :)

muskatli 2023-03-07 1 point Windows version

You guys might as well try to run the game on PCem.

Haylander 2023-02-16 1 point Windows version

for those looking for it to work on windows 10 search for "dxwnd", it is a program that allows you to play old windows games on new systems

Haylander 2023-02-16 0 point Windows version

para los que buscan que funcione en windows 10 busquen "dxwnd", es un programa que permite jugar juegos viejos de windows en sistemas nuevos

Code-E 2022-03-06 1 point Windows version

Did anyone find a Windows 10 Fix Yet? 256 Color is still messed up.

Robriquez 2022-02-01 0 point Windows version

Hey thanks for the great site - just downloaded Return Fire and can't wait to play. I have a question. How do I set it up so two players can play on a PC? Do I just plug in another keyboard? Is there a joystick I can buy? Thank you!


Drizzle 2021-12-08 1 point

I could install it with dxwnd. More Infos:

MPD 2020-11-22 1 point

You're better off just emulating the PS1 version TBH.

Suko 2020-10-14 -4 points Windows version

I'm also having trouble getting this to work on Win 10. If anyone has specific compatibility instructions to get this to work, I'd love to hear about it.

TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR 2020-06-03 0 point

One of the best PVP games for 1 keyboard! :)

tipra10 2020-05-31 3 points

When I try to run the RFIRE.EXE on Windows 10, it doesn't run, shows an error like this : Return Fire is not compatible with Windows NT.

CC 2020-02-28 -4 points

It runs on win10 under compatible mode at 8bit color, but the color doesnt seem to be right. Looks like a messed up color pallet. Anyone's got any solution to this?

NUT^CRACKER 2019-12-07 -2 points

Update: This works fine on Windows 7! Luckily the Mrs still has Windows 7 on her laptop.
Video Proof -

Buy a cheap, refurbished laptop from Facebook or eBay with Windows 7 and you're sorted! Easy peasy :)

NUT^CRACKER 2019-12-07 2 points

Forget my last post! It seems that thanks to a windows update, the game doesn't work properly. Thanks Windows! (sarcastic).

For those with Windows 7, i'm sure this will work.

NuT^CrAcKeR 2019-10-28 0 point

Me and my brother used to play this! Now my nephews enjoy it.
You can play it on Windows 10 very easily. Contact me if you need a hand -

Valdo 2019-08-24 -6 points

Requires an emmulator called DosBox... you can find it on its webpage...

JxP 2019-07-29 1 point

I want to play it so much, but I can't run it on windows 10.

Lopesi 2018-08-04 -20 points

How you play in windows 10?

phrozen 2018-07-12 2 points

If you want a good 2-player game, that's for you.

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