£7.95 cass, joystick only
Difficult, addictive helicopter rescue
36 screen area, great graphics, tricky traps
Based on the highly successful television series, this
game puts you in the role of Stringfellow Hawke and
you have to rescue five scientists from the underground
complex of the evil General Zaranov.
are flying the Airwolf helicopter, and it is equipped
with forward flying missiles and nine shields that resist
impact with objects. These shields are essential since
the caves are a mass of traps and vicious enemies. You
only see a small part at any one time, the picture scrolling
in any of four directions as you move.
scientists are located on small platforms and have to
be reached one at a time, collected, and brought back
to your starting position. These platforms are, as you
would expect, in the most tortuous places to get to,
and since you only have one life accurate flying is
this switch and the blue wall vanishes -- but it also
sets the huge boulder (right) rolling towards you. You
to speed left down the corridor. And only one shield
should rapidly get to grips with the chopper's control,
which unless moved upwards will fall through gravity
(but when travelling left or right maintains its height).
On screen the Airwolf has been made a large helicopter
and consequently the whole game is of large size with
lots of clear graphics and objects.
game features many doors and walls, which have to be
opened by shooting buttons or switches or just plain
blasting through them. You can fire horizontally or
downwards and you have auto fires when the button is
held down. This is handy for ripping through two layer
walls when in a tight spot.
into walls and small objects causes shield damage, but
collision with a hefty rock splatters you immediately.
However, if you manage to pick up a scientist and get
him back to base you are rewarded with a completely
new set of shields.
theme tune from the TV series plays throughout the game
but it is uninspiring, and the space bar will turn it
off. The other sound effects are just blast and crash
noises but are gratifying enough.
helicopter, viewed head-on and still with seven
shields intact (see display bottom left), moves down
carefully to pick up the first scientist.