Jungle Strike

a game by Electronic Arts, Mike Posehn, A Highscore Production, Gremlin, and Unexpected

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisSNESSNESGameGear

Genres: Action, Flying, Shooting Games

See also:Helicopter Games

Jungle Strike

The legacy of the Madman lives on through his son, who's ready for revenge in this sequel to the attack-chopper game Desert Strike. Jungle Strike flies onto the Super NES and essentially provides an enhanced version of its twin Genesis brother. While Desert used the Gulf War as a story backdrop, Jungle creates original battle scenarios.

Welcome to The Jungle

Divided into nine campaigns, Jungle takes the play mechanics of the first game and adds diversity. The long campaigns require more skill than destroying everything in sight: Your armor, ammunition, and fuel are in limited supply (in some campaigns, very limited). You also collect other items, such as faster ladders and extra lives.

Instead of being confined to the attack chopper for the entire game, Jungle puts you behind the controls of three other vehicles, which are a mixed bunch. The first, a hovercraft, responds much like the chopper -- save a mine-dropping attack that takes practice to master. It can eliminate foot soldiers by simply running them over, but this takes a toll on your armor.

The stealth fighter is the most awkward to pilot. Though it has unlimited fuel and ammo, it's constantly in motion and cannot hover. This gets particularly maddening with ground targets that must be repeatedly circled before you can get a clean shot. The last vehicle is an attack motorcycle that has controls and weapons similar to the hovercraft's.

More Diversity

Jungle has stages ranging from the desert to snow-covered mountains to the White House! In terms of the challenge, some stages are longer and more difficult than others, but subsequent stages aren't always harder than preceding ones as you advance through the campaigns. The graphics are clean and detailed right down to the swan dive foot soldiers perform when you shoot them off high platforms. Jungle also excels in the sound department with intelligible voices and loud explosions.

Sky's the Limit

Jungle took its sweet time arriving, and it may be nearly identical to the Genesis version, but those grounded to the Super NES will want to give it a shot. These games always strike a good balance between shooting and strategy, and Jungle is no exception.

ProTips:

  • Run down the foot soldiers with the hovercraft to save time in the second campaign.
  • The stealth fighter has unlimited ammunition and fuel, but it can be used only for hit-and-run tactics.

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Jungle Strike Downloads

Sega Genesis Jungle Strike download

Electronic Arts is making a serious bid to double your flying and fighting pleasure. EA's Desert Strike is a top notch arcade-style helicopter combat games, but Jungle Strike is twice as good!

Jungle Strike's 16 megs of memory doubles Desert's meg count. The double shot of silicon flexes its muscle in almost every aspect of the game, delivering more Campaigns, smoother flying mechanics, and extra aggressive enemy tactics.

Strike Two

In Desert Strike, Kilbaba, the Desert Madman, was eliminated with extreme prejudice. Now you're up against the Madman's son, Ibn Kilbaba, who's even crazier than his old man! The battlefield shifts from the desert to the jungles of South America, where Ibn's teamed up with the biggest drug lord in the Western Hemisphere. Both of these creeps have bones to pick with the U.S., and a nuclear holocaust is their tool of vengeance.

You play a hotshot chopper pilot with the skill, hardware, and attitude to prevent an atomic assault. Your aircraft is an experimental Comanche helicopter -- state of the art in aerial firepower.

A South American Adventure

Even serious chopper jocks will cruise Jungle Strike's skies for days. Its eight Campaigns take place across spacious multi-screen locales. You battle druggies and terrorists in the jungles, on the oceans, on top of snow capped mountains, in a South American city, and even in the streets of Washington, D.C.

ProTip: You can blast practically everything, even the Oval Office and the Washington Monument.

Each Campaign features from six to eight mission objectives. Your tasks include protecting President Clinton (who makes an on-screen appearance), rescuing hostages, destroying drug fields, blasting a fleet of nuclear subs, recovering nuclear devices, and much more.

Full Metal Flying

As in Desert Strike, your primary task is to pilot a high- tech helicopter via a 3/4-overhead, outside-the-aircraft view. You can move the chopper 360 degrees around the screen and you have to in order to complete your mission objectives. The excellent game controls are finely tuned, so if your Genesis controller's directional pad is worn out (as they often are), consider a replacement before hopping into the pilot's seat.

The game adds some nifty variety to the action. You must drive a hovercraft, ride a motorcycle, and pilot a Stealth Fighter. EA did a great job of programming each vehicle with its own set of mechanics. Consequently, you must develop different strategies and tactics for each craft.

  • The Motorcycle in Campaign 5 is between the Black Skyscrapers In the center of the downtown area.
  • To access the Stealth Fighter in Campaign 7, shoot the camouflage net.

The challenge in this game hits the top end. The bad guys are armed with the best high-tech weapons drug money can buy! The game doesn't cut you any slack either. Unlike the weapons in Desert Strike, enemy guns and rocket launchers in this game track you as they fire. Mobile weapons move in on you whenever you're in the neighborhood, and Desert Strike's irritating teeny tiny snipers are back for an encore performance.

  • You're unhittable if you're on a landing pad.
  • When you attack the Submarines in Campaign 2, you can always find a position where they won't return your fire.
  • To destroy mobile radar stations, you must zap the trucks as well as the radar dishes.
  • Blast the mountain strongholds in Campaign 8 to find the nuclear devices.

If You're Flyin', You're Dyin'

Your weapons do the job, if you can keep them loaded. You take out the evil-doers with Hydra rockets, Hellfire missiles, and a nasty chain gun. However, it takes more than a keen eye and a fast trigger finger to survive. Success also depends on your flying skills. You must be able to precisely position your helicopter to pick up hostages and vital supplies, such as fuel and ammo.

  • To find Fuel Dumps in Campaign 5, blast the houses and the high-rises under construction.
  • Hide behind buildings and the enemy fire you attract will help you destroy the buildings.

A competent crew of copilots is on hand to help you. The best partners (if you can find them) enable you to fire your chain gun as fast as any turbo-boosted controller.

  • A controller with turbo-fire helps a lot in the early levels, but you won't need turbo If you rescue Roz or Wild Bill.
  • Roz the Annihllator is caged In the Jungles of Campaign 4.

The informative and easy- to-use Map Screen is the Jungle Striker's best friend. It keeps a running tab on completed objectives and monitors fuel and ammo. Of course, the Map itself is vital, since it displays the locations of friends, foes, and resources.

Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies

The graphics in this game are a knockout. The opening story sequences, which feature outta-sight digitized pix with slick animation, are the best anywhere. The experimental Comanche RAH-66 looks mean. In fact, EA did some serious homework to replicate this real-life prototype, even though it's still on the drawing board! Of course, what makes this game is the vehicle response. Desert Strike vets will go ballistic when they experience Jungle Strike's refined helicopter movement. The otherworldly Stealth flies low and slow, but unlike the helicopter it climbs and dives. The motorcycle is super small, but it's to scale with the rest of the game. The graphics are further enhanced by some nifty refinements. For example, one Campaign takes place in total darkness, and you must use weapon fire to light up the ground. The effect is imaginative and cool, and it's a key tactic, too.

In Campaign 4, single Hellfires make the best flares.

The minor nick in Jungle Strike's blades is the sound. What's there is solid and crisp. The opening theme kicks big time. The weapon blasts and the whop whop of the propellers sound real. Overall, though, the audio just doesn't stand out as dramatically as the game's other features.

Jungle Fever

Jungle Strike is as good a helicopter combat game as there is for any system. For Desert Strike vets this is a no-brainer. Anyone into whirlybird war ought to rumble with Jungle.

reggie posted a review

Great graphics don't make a game great. Setbacks make Jungle Strike merely average.

Control problems make the going rough. In the hovercraft, you hit nonexistent fuel barrels that damage you (but don't refuel); in the helicopter, you smash into obstacles whether or not you clear them.

Jungle Strike's graphics are impressive. You get all the cinematics from the 16-bit version, plus detail in even the smallest images.

The sound, however, is not impressive. Annoying beeps and the lack of sound effects, detract mightily.

Jungle Strike's gameplay is decent fun. Although much of the 16-bit version was called to active duty, there may be too many strikes against it for some hardcore Strike fans.

ProTips:

  • Some fuel tanks later on will damage you without refilling your supply.
  • When attacking buildings, always destroy the guards and tanks ffrst.
reggie posted a review

FIRST IMPRESSION

I loved both Desert and Jungle Strike for the Genesis, so I was looking forward to Jungle Strike for the Game Gear. Although I didn't expect too much in the line of graphics, I was pleasantly surprised.

BEST FEATURE

The best feature is that you are not confined to just the helicopter. You can also pilot a hovercraft, a motorcycle and an F-117 Stealth Fighter.

WHAT'S MISSING

The map can be extremely difficult to read, and some of the flashing mission objectives are almost impossible to locate. The sound effects weren't all that great, but it is a Game Gear we're using, not a 16-Bit Genesis.

WILL YOU LIKE IT?

If you are a fan of the original games and have a Game Gear, then you will just love this game. The game controls very well, the missions are very challenging and there is enough action to keep you busy on any long trip.

MANUFACTURER - Unexpected Dev. DIFFICULTY - Hard THEME - Action NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1

reggie posted a review
  • Electronic Arts for Super NES

This is a poor imitation, a second-rate facsimile, a cheap-ass copy of the same game that wowed 'em on the Genesis. If you need this kind of chopper action real bad, you might consider getting a Genesis - this version just don't fly.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Super NES

This is a poor imitation, a second-rate facsimile, a cheap-ass copy of the same game that wowed 'em on the Genesis. If you need this kind of chopper action real bad, you might consider getting a Genesis - this version just don't fly.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Super NES

This is a poor imitation, a second-rate facsimile, a cheap-ass copy of the same game that wowed 'em on the Genesis. If you need this kind of chopper action real bad, you might consider getting a Genesis - this version just don't fly.

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Genre: action
  • Players: 1
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: Gremlin Interactive

You know, I'm actually a big fans of EA's Strike series, and I thought Jungle Strike for Genesis was a great follow-up to Desert Strike - it had a few problems with it, but it was a good game overall.

Sadly, the Super NES translation doesn't measure up. Can't figure out why, but somehow the game just doesn't fly as smooth as the Genesis version, and your chopper lacks the snap, dead-on feel that was a major reason the original game was so good - heaven help you when piloting that goofy hovercraft or the 'assault cycle'.

There are other, smaller problems: the impressive explosions that marked the Genesis version have been replaced by some pretty lackluster little pops, and even the sound effects don't have the some punch. Your missiles fly like they were launched through water instead of air, and even the good gunners seem to miss their targets a lot, or worse, target the wrong person, place or thing.

Wish it were different, but this is a misfire. It looks like Super NES owners are never gonna know the full-tilt taste of Jungle Strike. GP

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Super NES

This is a poor imitation, a second-rate facsimile, a cheap-ass copy of the same game that wowed 'em on the Genesis. If you need this kind of chopper action real bad, you might consider getting a Genesis - this version just don't fly.

reggie posted a review
  • Action
  • 9 levels

The Madman's son is back! He's making an appearance on the Genesis in Desert Strike. You are a helicopter pilot with a hand-picked crew of four, and the fate of the U.S.A. is resting on your shoulders. There are nine missions that must be completed in issued order to win the game. Follow your mission objectives: protect monuments, neutralize car bombs and rescue captives. Initialize military operations!

People say:

8

I really liked Desert Strike, so this game surprised me! Fans of Desert will absolutely love this game! Backed with 16-Megs, Jungle Strike has huge levels, and plenty of missions to keep the gamer entertained for hours! The addition of the three new attack weapons is a huge plus! A great game for the Genesis!

8

Now this is how a sequel should be! Jungle Strike has everything Desert Strike had and more. More targets, more vehicles, and more missions! Speaking of missions, they're huge! The best part is that you're not limited to just a helicopter. The hovercraft, motorcycle, and stealth fighter are perfect additions.

8

A definite improvement over the original. The game play is far better with more control and more variety! The addition of new vehicles is awesome! The graphics are much smoother and detailed. The sound effects are also improved. The levels are huge and challenging and the storylines for the missions are cool.

8

I liked Desert Strike, and I really like Jungle Strike! This simulator has a lot of ground to cover, with tons of targets to obliterate! Let's face it, there's nothing quite so fun as blowing up a dictator's dream of world conquest, so right off the bat I like this game! It gets a little repetitive, but the action is right on!

reggie posted a review
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: June
  • Levels: 9
  • Theme: Action

Strike it Up!

The son of the Madman is back to avenge his father's death in this 16-meg sequel to Desert Strike! With the help of a powerful South American Drug Lord and his private army, they plot to build nuclear weapons to destroy Washington DC.

Now you must come out of your retirement and take out this vicious madman. Command a Super Comanche, Stealth Fighter, Attack Hovercraft and a Special Forces Motorcycle through nine dangerous campaigns in either night or day. Rescue hostages, capture commanders, and recover stolen nuclear weapons while defeating the drug lord's army.

The battles come alive as the graphics are viewed from a pseudo 3-D perspective and the sound of the gunfire explodes with crisp digitization. Grab your helmet and prepare for battle!

reggie posted a review

Desert Strike, the mother 7 of all helicopter war strategy games, will look like a sissy compared to Jungle Strike, a game coming soon from Electronic Arts. To protect Washington, D.C., from the son of the Desert Madman and his partner, a powerful and vengeful South American Drug Lord, you'll need to be called back to active duty.

Jungle Boogie

This time, you control four new combat vehicles, including a Comanche helicopter, an Armed Attack Hovercraft, a Special Forces motorcycle, and even a Stealth Fighter. Blast your way into nine top-secret campaigns, including battles through Washington, D.C., the Andes, a jungle night mission, and a submarine attack!

Madman Jr. and his Drug Lord sidekick aren't messing around. Your opponents include 26 new pains in the armor, including enemy choppers, ground weapons that move and shoot, Patriot missile launchers, nuclear subs, M1 Abrams battletanks and Humvees. Old Strikers will welcome the challenge, while new Strikers will quake with fear.

It's in Were for a Strike

Jungle Strike will delight fans of Desert Strike and pick up a few newcomers along the way. Strap in, 'cuz the desert scum are as thick as jungle foliage, and you're gonna need to clear 'em out.

reggie posted a review

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