Ikari Warriors is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up developed by SNK for the arcades in 1986. The game was converted in 1987 for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST and Amiga by Elite. Equipped with a machine gun and a limited supply of grenades, you must fight your way home from deep inside guerilla territory!
Your plane crashed in jungle many miles away from your headquarters. You begin as one of the two available survived commandos either Ralf or Clark (you can also play in 2-player mode) and the main task is to fight through the Ikari Village and kill every enemy on your way (soldiers, tanks, cannons etc). Apart of your main weapon (a machine gun) you have a limited supply of hand-grenades too. Grenades can be easily found by destroying enemy sites (barracks etc). Apart from being on-foot, you can also ride a tank and bomb everything at sight. Tanks are immune to soldiers' bullets but not to mines or cannons. Note that Tank's fuel is limited but fortunately you may easily find extra fuel along your way. It's quite interesting that if your Tank is being shot (by a hand-grenade or a missile or by enemy Tank), you have a few seconds (about 3 or so) to leave it and run away before it explodes! Ikari Warriors is a unique for its era bottom-up arcade shooter and many games resembled its gameplay in the later years. It was SNK's attempt to out-gun Capcom's Commando arcade- title which plays similar but with much fewer features (such as the use of a Tank).
The Commodore port look OK with nice sprites, 10 colors on screen and good sprite animation. Vertical screen scrolling is a bit smoother to the CPC and ZX ports too. Sound here consists of sampled-like FX (!) and a good in-game music (missing on the CPC and ZX). Note that the C64 port offers the intro-scene from the (original) coin-op machines with the plane crash.
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