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Strike Mission

version: jp - year: 1984 - developer: laserdisc corp.- publisher: laserdisc corp.- format: msx1, ld-700 - condition: good - rarity: uncommon

Somewhat reminiscent of Tomcat Alley.

 

"Turkey" is supposed to be the easy difficulty level...

 

Choose your objective, your arsenal and your flight program (which you can then change at any time before engaging a battle)

 

Here, pick up your objective.

 

Ready for take off. The quality of the FMV is uneven. The non interactive parts look great while the ones in which you move your cross-hair look grainy.

Review - Strike Mission is an atypical game somewhat reminiscent of StarFighters in the sense that it mixes elements of strategy, resource management for the arsenal at your disposal, and shooting.

After selecting your mission objective, you are required to purchase your arsenal. This includes all the typical weapons normally mounted onto fighter planes, such as air-to-air, air-to-ground missiles, mounted guns, bombs etc... Choosing the right mix is important in order to successfully finish a mission. Once you are done selecting your arsenal, you are required to select the flight program including altitude and speed, and after that you are ready to take off.

The following sections are basically a FMV shooting game, in which you fly at high or low altitude in order to dodge or engage incoming fighters.

In this section, it is important to pay attention to your fuel too. Once you reach the target, it will appear over a 3D grid and if you are successful in destroying it, you can then attempt to fly back to the base.

The FMV sections are reminiscent of another fighter jet game called Tomcat Alley, a game which would eventually be released a few years after Strike Mission on the Sega CD.

I wasn't too crazy about this game and I thought that having to fly back to the base after the mission is boring and often lethal, especially if your aim sucks and you waste all your arsenal in attempting to take down the target. On the plus side, the game is in English so it is pretty straight forward to figure out what to do.

Bottom line: In my opinion, this is one of the least exciting MSX LD games available, although I am sure that somebody would actually enjoy playing it way more than I did. Maybe it is simply not my cup of tea. 6/10


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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