Airwolf is a shooter video game based on the TV series of the same name. It was released in 1988 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game places the player in the cockpit of a helicopter (codenamed Airwolf), where the player must attempt to shoot down enemy aircraft and rescue prisoners.
The game contains thirty missions, each with the objective being to rescue prisoners being held captive in prisoner bases. The layout of each level changes as the player progresses. There are three types of bases:
- Home base - This is where the player can refuel the Airwolf and repair damage it may have taken.
- Enemy airfield - This is where many of the enemy craft take off from. The base can be destroyed, which lessens the amount of enemy aircraft pursuing the player.
- Prisoner base - This is where the prisoners are being held. To rescue them, the player must successfully land Airwolf and rescue the prisoner.
Airwolf is equipped with missiles and a machine gun in order to fend off enemy craft and their weapons. In order to successfully complete a mission, the player must rescue all prisoners and reach the border of the level without losing all of their lives.
The game's manual included the following description:
- From the outside, Airwolf looks like a sophisticated executive helicopter. Slick. Self-contained. Harmless. Which means it can slip in and out of airports without causing much suspicion.
- But from the inside, its true military strength is revealed; walls of computerized controls, a satellite tracking system for locating enemies and allies, and a weapons guidance system for launching missiles and firing machine guns.
- Here are a few of the other technological features of this flying fighting machine:
- 30-millimeter Machine Guns
- Heat-seeking Copperhead Missiles
- Fly-by-Night Controls
- Satellite Transmitted Map Display
- Doppler Sensor( alerts computer to enemy aircraft)
- Radar Jammer( automatically activated by computer)
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