Saturday, August 25, 2012

Game of the Day - Rescue

As I've written over and over, I'm a sucker for a dual joystick game.  Rescue is a fun d-j game wherein you (not-so-surprisingly) rescue dudes from the water while battling off enemy helicopters, sharks and other baddies.

You fly a helicopter by using the left joystick.  The right joystick is for firing in the direction you push a la Robotron 2084.  There is also a single button that drops bombs.  Each wave starts with a goal of the number of idiots to rescue.  They parachute down and float in the water, waiting for you to rescue them.  Meanwhile, the enemy copters are trying to shoot you down.  So, you have to stay alive AND start rescuing the dudes.

The way you rescue them is to hover over them.  Do so, and a ladder drops down.  When you are close enough, the dude climbs the ladder. DO NOT fly away too fast.  If you fly before the guy is aboard, he'll drop off the ladder and die.  You know he's on board when it flashes the points you have earned for rescuing him (500).

There are many things to watch out for besides enemy fire.  If you get too close to the water, your blades will catch and you will crash.  Starting with the 2nd wave, there are sharks in the water.  So, if you don't rescue your guys fast enough, the shark will eat them.  Luckily, you can shoot the shark with your guns (right joystick).  Another little programming gem is that you have to watch out for your guys when they are parachuting down, fly into them and your blades will turn them into red goo instantaneously.

So, rescue the proper number and then the game instructs you to fly to an island to let them disembark.  When this is done, the round is over.  Bonuses are awarded.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  But with more difficulty.

The main screens scrolls, so you can fly far to the left or right.  Luckily, the game continues to scatter rescuees so you don't have to go back and find the ones you left behind (bastard).

The graphics are typical for the age of the game.  Fun old-school stuff that looks like it was written for the 2600 or Colecovision.

Play it, enjoy the dual-joystickiness and laugh when you squish your own men.  Rescue is a good time.

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