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Desert War
  opened by paleface at 04:39:16 05/04/04  
  last modified by paleface at 05:00:01 05/04/04  
  paleface [sys=PCB; cat=Shooter_Vert; loc=JPN]
Unique (so far as I know of course) vertical shooter that plays rather like a cutified, top-down view of Choplifter, where you fly your chopper around, gunning down bad guys and landing to pick up POWs. While landed, pressing Fire makes your pilot yell at the little super-deformed prisoners to inspire them to hurry their butts up.
The choppers rockets are big and noisy, and the game makes extravagant use of sprite scaling to simulate the chopper landing and taking off. In a way with stuff scaling every which way it looks a little messy, but it also feels very fluid (and as long as you aren't wearing rubber pants, that's a good thing).
You move up the screen at your own pace but you can't go backwards (wotta lame copter!) so you have to proceed carefully lest you pass up some poor POWs. The game constantly bombards you with scary-sounding radio chatter and "WARNING" blarings, though I've yet to come up against a really large boss--still, dodging the tiny bullets in your big chopper ain't no cakewalk, especially since they sometimes blend in with the ground a bit much.
So I suggest you play this game. Knowing you, you probably won't, but you should.

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