originally released back in 1986, Ikari Warriors is a top-down shooter very much in the vein of both Who Dares Wins and Purple Heart, casting you as an American marine whose plane has crash-landed behind ememy lines in the Jungle, requiring you to press upwards through dirt tracks and across bridges, wiping out enemy troops with your machinegun and blowing up tanks pillboxes and helicopters (?) with grenades, which can also be used to take out large groups of enemy troops at once. You can move and fire in 360 degrees and can also jump into abandoned tanks, though these will blow up when you take too many hits or run out of fuel, requiring you to jump out at the last minute to avoid being killed. You also have limited reserves of grenades and ammunition, and must pick up replenishments as you progress through the levels. The graphics are basic yet colourful and appealing, and the gameplay is fast-paced and satisfying. The sound effects are nothing special, but the chirpy, triumphalist maritial midi soundtrack adds considerably to the experience. The game can be played in one or two-player mode, and makes for some seriously entertaining retro gaming fun.
I had forgotten all about this game until I read about it right here on Dooyoo. Ikari Warriors was a model of what made the old games great despite the lack of resources. It combined addictive gameplay with pure simplicity to make it one of the best games of its time. Ikari Warriors was a direct conversion of the coin-op by the same name. The loose story behind the mayhem is that you are a pilot, shot down in enemy territory who must fight his way through numerous enemy territories to reach safety. It can be played in either 1 player or 2 player modes(I guess the other bloke is the navigator or something) but the objective is still the same. Basically, you start out with 5(or was it 6?) lives and must make your way through the various levels, facing overwhelming enemy odds in order to reach sanctuary. You are armed with grenades and a measly machine gun in your quest, but can also hijack tanks as well - although they tend to run out of fuel and explode rather dangerously. You must face enemy soldiers, gun posts, bunkers, helicopter gunships and tanks in your quest to reach the end of this upward scrolling shoot-em up. The idea is brilliant in its simplicity and what is even better is that, if you can stand the cr*ppy graphics, the games is free to download from the spectrum games archive(http://www.spectrumarchive.freeserve.co.uk/...as is a spectrum emulator so that you can play it). I haven't yet found an Amiga emulator on the net which is a shame but I'm still looking...but for the moment the speccy emulator will give you a taste of the game and what makes it great. I suggest taht if you are into retro gaming, fancy a bit of nostalgia or simply are looking for a decent free game from the net then you seriously consider checing this one out. Trust me, its one of the better shoot-em ups from the 8-bit days.
I can't believe that nobody has reviewed this game before ! While it's an old title now another generation can get totally hooked on it thanks to emulators and everything retro coming back in again . Ikari Warriors on the amiga was a direct conversion of the original coin op (which was a sequel to the game 'Road to victory' - also worth checking out) . The idea of the game - like every good game is simple . You and a friend are two pilots who have been shot down over enemy territory and you've got to complete your mission - which conveniently means you have to wade through miles of enemy territory . The game takes place as an upwards scrolling shooter where you can rotate your character and move independently . So you can pull off some nifty moves , running up the screen shooting enemies coming on from any angle . As you run up the screen you and your chum ( or just you if you're playing one player ) have to contend against tonnes of enemy soldiers , tanks , helicopters , mines and all sorts of hazards . What makes this game so good though ? Well it's damn simple ! This game has every ingredient that old games used to have - as well as just pure fun ! The control system is really simple once you get the hang of it and there's plenty of power ups - from more grenades to rocket launchers . As a bonus you can take over tanks that you find to squash enemy soldiers and destroy buildings in your path . The controls are simple - tapping the fire button fires your machine gun while holding it down throws a grenade in the direction you're pointing . In two player mode this game excels - it's brilliant fun as the key to getting far is to cover each other which involves a lot of shouting and joystick wangling ! The levels do tend to start looking the same but there's plenty of different hazards to keep things interesting and the gameplay is much the same throughout . < br> If you fancy some old style gaming without the flash graphics but with a heavy dollop of gameplay then download this game . Invite a mate around and you'll be happy for days on end - an absolute classic .