Windows - 1996
Also available on: 3DO
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
Comments and reviews
Suko 2020-10-14 0 point 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.
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 - https://youtu.be/KhFewL59sCE
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 1 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Valdo 2019-08-24 -7 points
Requires an emmulator called DosBox... you can find it on its webpage...
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