Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

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Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
Domark
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Game Gear
Tengen (US)
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
custom (Brian Schmidt)
Genre: Shooting[1][2], Simulation[1], Action[3]

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
Sega Mega Drive
  • English
  • 日本語
  • Sega Master System
    Sega Game Gear
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Español
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    JP
    ¥8,9008,900 EM20010
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $49.9549.95[4][5] 702201
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    E224SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    (EA Classics)
    EAX02401038I
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    DM 110110 E224SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    (EA Classics)
    EAX02401038I
    USK: 0
    Sega Mega Drive
    PT
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £39.9939.99[7][8] E224SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    SE
    (Rental)
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    Sega Mega Drive
    KR
    GM8083JT
    Sega Master System
    EU
    MK 29010-50
    Sega Master System
    PT
    MS29010
    Sega Master System
    UK
    £29.9929.99[11][10] MK 29010-50
    Sega Master System
    AU
    FDES01SEC
    Sega Game Gear
    US
    $39.9539.95[12]
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Game Gear
    EU
    T-88068-50
    Sega Game Gear
    PT
    GG88068
    Sega Game Gear
    UK
    £29.9929.99[13] T-88068-50

    Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf, called Desert Strike: Wangan Sakusen (デザートストライク 湾岸作戦) in Japan and better known simply as Desert Strike, is an isometric-projection shoot-em-up by Electronic Arts released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1992, and subsequently ported to other platforms. It is the first game in EA's so-called Strike series of isometric shoot-em-ups.

    Story

    A terrorist named General Kilbaba violently takes over a small Arab emirate and plans a major nuclear strike, to which the president of the United States orders a helicopter (A Super Apache as named in game) team in the Special Forces (US Marine Corps in the Master System version) to intervene. You are in control of one such helicopter.

    Gameplay

    Missions are mostly intertwined with each other. For example blowing up a radar station will in return make you harder for enemies to hit you. Failing one of missions usually results in game over.

    You are also given co-pilot that will assist you with your mission. These pilots have varying degrees of skills with marksmanship and winch control. Reading their dossiers will usually give you a rough idea about their skill levels. 5th pilot Valdez is missing and can be found in first mission. He is near the north-western part of the map nearby a crashed F-14.

    Your helicopter has limited ammo and fuel. It also has limited armor. Without ammo, you can attack enemies. If fuel depletes, your helicopter will eventually crash and you will lose life. If armor reaches zero you will also lose a life. Ammo and fuel can be recovered by acquiring ammo boxes or fuel drums respectively with your winch. Armor can be recovered two ways : either find an Armor Repair (very, very rare. In later levels map don't even show their locations) or by rescuing people and dropping them off near a friendly landing zone. Each rescued person will increase the armor by 100 points. Be careful though as power ups can be destroyed and prisoners can be killed. Each level also has extra lives but these are, again, very difficult to find.

    You are required to return to your home base (usually the frigate you take off from at the beginning of each level) when you complete or fail the level. There are total of 3 lives. Losing all of them will end the game.

    Game contains 5 levels with different missions, with some of them having time limits.

    Desert Strike also has a password system.

    Mega Drive

    Each of the game's four levels is a separate mission with different objectives. To complete the objectives, you are given ammunition of varying power levels (shot by pressing A (Hellfires and Jink), B (Hydras), or C (Guns), listed in order of decreasing power). Though the game uses an isometric projection, the control behaves more like a full 3D game, where using Left and Right rotates your chopper, Up moves you forward in t he direction you're facing, and Down moves you backward. Hitting Start allows you to access a map, a summary of the mission, and mission status.

    Master System

    Due to limitation of buttons on Master System's control pad, control scheme is somewhat different than Mega Drive version. Pressing both 1 and 2 fire Hellfire, while holding down 2 is need for strafing. Pause button is the status screen.

    History

    Development

    According to Desert Strike's original design document (dated 1990-06-18), the game was originally titled Beirut Breakout, being based on the then-ongoing Lebanese Civil War[14] . It was later advertised as Apache AHX: Desert Madman.

    Release

    Desert Strike's similarities with the Gulf War caused controversy at the time of release, thought to be glorifying Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Reportedly some Gulf War veterans in the US openly burned copies of the Mega Drive game in public in protest[15].

    Versions

    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
    English (US) Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
    Japanese デザートストライク 湾岸作戦 Desert Strike: Wangan Sakusen

    Production credits

    Mega Drive version

    By Mike Posehn (implying he is the creator)
    • Programming: Mike Posehn
    • Game Design: Mike Posehn, John Manley
    • Art: Paul Vernon, Gary Martin, Amy Hennig
    • Sound and Music: Rob Hubbard, Brian Schmidt
    • Technical Director: Carl Mey
    • Producer: Richard Robbins
    Source:
    In-game credits (title screen roll)


    Master System version

    Desert Strike is a Trademark of Electronic Arts
    • Desert Strike Presented by: The Kremlin
    • Programmed by: Michael A Carr (The Magi)
    • Graphic Artists: Matthew Hicks, Mike Adams
    • Music Composed by: Andy Taylor
    • Sound Effects by: Michael A Carr
    • Original Game by: Mike Posehn, Paul Vernon and John Manley
    Copyright 1992 Electronic Arts
    All Rights Reserved


    Magazine articles

    Main article: Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Main article: Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf/Promotional material.

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    83 №6/92
    85 №5, p4/32/33
    94 №18, p56
    Sega Mega Drive
    87
    Based on
    3 reviews
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    75
    [16]
    ACE (UK)
    89
    [17]
    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    68
    [18]
    Consoles + (FR)
    85
    [19]
    Console XS (UK) PAL
    92
    [20]
    Cool Gamer (RU)
    70
    [21]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    92
    [22]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    68
    [23]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    70
    [24]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2 (RU)
    80
    [25]
    Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
    92
    [26]
    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    65
    [27]
    Game Mania (UK)
    94
    [28]
    Game Power (IT)
    93
    [29]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    84
    [4]
    Games-X (UK)
    100
    [30]
    Génération 4 (FR)
    90
    [31]
    Game Zone (UK) PAL
    91
    [32]
    Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
    40
    [33]
    Hobby Consolas (ES)
    86
    [34]
    Joypad (FR)
    93
    [35]
    Joystick (FR)
    90
    [36]
    Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
    90
    [37]
    Mega (UK) PAL
    84
    [38]
    Mega (UK)
    86
    [39]
    Mega Action (UK)
    94
    [40]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    87
    [41]
    MegaTech (UK) PAL
    93
    [42]
    Mean Machines (UK)
    94
    [43]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK)
    94
    [44]
    Player One (FR)
    89
    [45]
    Play Time (DE)
    63
    [46]
    Power Play (DE)
    82
    [47]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    91
    [48]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    92
    [49]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    93
    [50]
    Sega Force (UK)
    92
    [51]
    Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
    82
    [52]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    80
    [53]
    Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
    91
    [54]
    Supersonic (FR)
    90
    [55]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    87
    [56]
    User (GR) PAL
    92
    [57]
    VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
    80
    [5]
    Video Games (DE)
    82
    [58]
    Sega Mega Drive
    85
    Based on
    45 reviews

    Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

    Mega Drive, JP
    Desertstrike md jp cover.jpg
    Cover
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    DesertStrike MD JP Cart.jpg
    Cart
    DesertStrike MD jp manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, US
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    Cover
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    Cart
    DesertStrike MD US manual.pdf
    Manual
    DesertStrike MD US pcb.jpg
    PCB
    Mega Drive, US (cardboard)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Mega Drive, EU (4 Language Manual)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Desert Strike MD EU 4Lang Manual Front.jpg
    Manual
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    Manual Back
    Mega Drive, EU (5 Language Manual)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Desert Strike MD EU 5 Lang Manual Front.jpg
    Manual
    Desert Strike MD EU 5 Lang Manual Back.jpg
    Manual Back
    Mega Drive, EU (Classic) (4 Language Manual)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Desert Strike MD EU 4Lang Manual Front.jpg
    Manual
    Desert Strike MD EU 4Lang Manual Back.jpg
    Manual Back
    DesertStrike MD EU eac pcb.jpg
    PCB
    Mega Drive, EU (Classic) (5 Language Manual)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Desert Strike MD EU 5 Lang Manual Front.jpg
    Manual
    Desert Strike MD EU 5 Lang Manual Back.jpg
    Manual Back
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    PCB
    Mega Drive, FR

    Desert Strike MD FR Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, PT
    DesertStrike MD PT cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
    DesertStrike MD SE Box rental.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, AU
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    Cover
    Mega Drive, BR
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Mega Drive, KR
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Mega Drive, CZ (Classic)
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    Cover
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    Cart
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    Manual
    SegaSaturnHitRoku1996 CZ Booklet.jpeg
    Sega Saturn Hit Roku 1996

    Master System version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Consoles + (FR)
    89
    [59]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    89
    [60]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    92
    [10]
    Player One (FR)
    79
    [61]
    Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
    92
    [62]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    92
    [63]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    93
    [64]
    Sega Zone (UK) PAL
    75
    [65]
    Sega Master Force (UK) PAL
    90
    [66]
    Todo Sega (ES) PAL
    92
    [67]
    VideoGames Shopper (UK) PAL
    89
    [68]
    Sega Master System
    88
    Based on
    11 reviews

    Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

    Master System, EU
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Master System, FR (Blister pack)
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    Cover
    Master System, PT
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    Cover
    Master System, PT (Super Preço)
    DesertStrike SMS PT sp cover.jpg
    Cover
    Master System, AU

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    Cart

    Game Gear version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    68
    [69]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    70
    [12]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    82
    [70]
    Mega Force (FR)
    89
    [71]
    Player One (FR)
    91
    [72]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    88
    [13]
    Sonic Mag: B.D. & Jeux-Video! (FR)
    90
    [73]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    62
    [74]
    Sega Game Gear
    80
    Based on
    8 reviews

    Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

    Game Gear, US
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Desertstrike gg us manual.pdf
    Manual
    Game Gear, EU
    DesertStrike GG EU Box Back.jpgDesert Strike GG EU BoxSpine.jpgDesertStrike GG EU cover.jpg
    Cover
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    Cart
    Desert Strike GG EU Manual.jpg
    Manual
    Game Gear, PT

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 67a9860b
    MD5 6f37f036c8de2bf78d11079cd2424370
    SHA-1 d7e7d8c358eb845b84fb08f904cc0b95d0a4053d
    1MB 1992-03 Cartridge (US/EU)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 1e740145
    MD5 414a548a2ab68a8e4840359c08b24ab9
    SHA-1 9e01c6c45670e2950242facfba6c5b79052550ed
    1MB 1993-04 Cartridge (JP/KR)
    Sega Master System
     ?
    CRC32 6c1433f9
    MD5 df89aa1ebc5f42db21fb8d12d9e78511
    SHA-1 e6181baef80ecc88b3eb82a46cf93793f06e01f1
    512kB Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 3e44eca3
    MD5 a5d8f63bda80b2d0cf587655a389ae4c
    SHA-1 3bb092b14c650c5ffd0370e6870878282b3d04f4
    512kB Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 f6c400da
    MD5 ecfcb1f193ab20547e3dc1f4304ef21e
    SHA-1 80b91bdf20605d940401738202c473df632d0765
    512kB Cartridge (US)

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 File:Desertstrike md jp cover.jpg
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    3. File:DesertStrike GG EU Box Back.jpg
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    7. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 21
    8. Computer & Video Games, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-15), page 30
    9. GamesMaster, "October 1996" (UK; 1996-08-29), page 11
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    18. Beep! MegaDrive, "May 1993" (JP; 1993-04-08), page 24
    19. Consoles +, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 100
    20. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 128
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    27. Famitsu, "1993-04-30" (JP; 1993-04-16), page 1
    28. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
    29. Game Power, "Giugno 1992" (IT; 1992-0x-xx), page 30
    30. Games-X, "27th February-4th March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-27), page 23
    31. Génération 4, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 152
    32. Game Zone, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-21), page 26
    33. Hippon Super, "April 1993" (JP; 1993-03-04), page 44
    34. Hobby Consolas, "Julio 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 46
    35. Joypad, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-02-1x), page 94
    36. Joystick, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 120
    37. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
    38. Mega, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-17), page 81
    39. Mega, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-21), page 79
    40. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 65
    41. Mega Fun, "06/92" (DE; 1992-0x-xx), page 30
    42. MegaTech, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 18
    43. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 18
    44. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
    45. Player One, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-10), page 62
    46. Play Time, "7/92" (DE; 1992-06-03), page 93
    47. Power Play, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-13), page 144
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    49. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 60
    50. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
    51. Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 62
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    53. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
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    55. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 4
    56. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 50
    57. User, "Októvrios 1992" (GR; 1992-xx-xx), page 90
    58. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 45
    59. Consoles +, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 144
    60. Joypad, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 106
    61. Player One, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 114
    62. Sega Magazine, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-10), page 110
    63. Sega Power, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-xx), page 106
    64. Sega Pro, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 62
    65. Sega Zone, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-25), page 29
    66. Sega Master Force, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 70
    67. Todo Sega, "Diciembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
    68. VideoGames Shopper, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 31
    69. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 55
    70. Joypad, "Février 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 115
    71. Mega Force, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 1994-01-08), page 116
    72. Player One, "Février 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 116
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    74. Video Games, "4/94" (DE; 1994-03-23), page 112


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