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Jungle Strike

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs

GAME DESIGNER:

GAME DEVELOPER:Gremlin

GAME PUBLISHER:Electronic Arts

Copyright 1995, Gremlin

Gremlin’s excellent conversion of EA’s console game, follow-up to the popular shoot’em up Desert Strike. Jungle Strike is basically the same game as its predecessor– just set in a different scenario. In Jungle Strike you’re mainly controlling the prototype helicopter “Comanche”. In some missions, you can also use a hovercraft, a motorbike, or a F117 fighter. The controls in this shoot-em up are very easy and straightforward. As in most arcade shooters, you must collect new ammo, armor and fuel while fighting land, sea, and air-based enemies. In a nod to hard-core flight sims, all missions contain several sub-objectives, which have to be fullfilled in a given order. Most missions are set in either a jungle or city area.

With a good combination of arcade and sim elements, Jungle Strike is highly recommended for fans of the genre. If you like Safari’s games (e.g. Seek & Destroy) but wish they were more sim-oriented in terms of having mission objectives and depletable fuel, Desert Strike is the answer. One caveat, though: to get this game to work on modern computers, you will have to pray to the holy computer heavens. If you prayed hard enough, the game might run. At least I got it to run after praying 12 hours or so. Starting it a hundred times in succession or fiddling around with memory configurations might also help at times ;) The fun is well worth it, however. Thumbs up!



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