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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Sound driver: Zyrinx/Jesper Kyd|
|Number of players: 1|
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It is noteworthy for achieving sprite rotations, 3D vectors and full motion video; things that were often considered impossible to do on Mega Drive hardware. No additional hardware (such as an extra chip in Virtua Racing is used. The game proudly announces this technical achievement before the title screen.
Zyrinx were previously responsible for Sub-Terrania, and the two games share similar graphics and logos. The soundtrack was again composed by Jesper Kyd.
The player controls an AH-64B Apache helicopter in an attempt to stop the dictator Madman Ivan Retovitz from taking over the world. The helicopter has both a normal gun (fired with ) and a variety of weapons (fired with and switched between with ) that target a crosshair that is at a fixed distance from the front of the helicopter, which can be steered with the D-pad.
Around half of the game consists of flight missions.
There are also on-foot missions, with three selectable soldiers. In this mode, the game also uses a lot technical tricks to simulate a 3D environment similar to e.g. Loaded on Sega Saturn. A defeated character is permanently dead.
Overall the game is rather puzzle oriented. Strict ammo limits and low health as well as limited fuel require a well planed approach.
A password system is used to record progress. The game has no score system.
- Code: David Guldbrandsen, Karsten Hvidberg, Jens Bo Albretsen
- Graphics': Mikael Balle, Jesper Vorsholt Jørgensen
- Music: Jesper Kyd
- Additional Code: Thomas Risager (Guz)
- Character Animation: Dan Harder
- Acting & Math Support: Haissam Badawi
- Main article: Red Zone/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
| Based on|
- Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 11
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 166
- Computer & Video Games, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 60
- Mean Machines Sega, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-07-30), page 10
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 44 (46)
- Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 140 (142)
- GamePro, "January 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 48 (50)
- Joypad, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 55
- Mega Fun, "01/95" (DE; 199x-xx-xx), page 34
- Micromanía (Tercera Epoca), "Febrero 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 105
- Mean Machines Sega, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-30), page 66-69 (66)
- Next Generation, "February 1995" (US; 1995-01-24), page 101 (103)
- Play Time, "2/95" (DE; 199x-xx-xx), page 108/110 (108)
- Video Games, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-23), page 95
- VideoGames, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 80