Does anyone know this arcade game?
April 29, 2012 5:59 AM Subscribe
Can anyone help me identify a vertical-scrolling arcade game from the 80s?
posted by Lucien Dark to computers & internet (12 answers total)
A friend of mine recently asked me for help in identifying an arcade game that he played as a child, and I'm having a hard time rounding up any likely candidates.
He played it in the late 80s (1987 is his best guess) in a pub in the UK, and the game was a vertical-scrolling shooter based in a desert environment; you controlled a vehicle driving along the ground, shooting at tanks and other enemies. The key game mechanic was that the vehicle itself could be loaded onto other vehicles, which you would then also control with your vehicle on the back; if the bigger vehicle was shot enough times you'd then drive off in your original vehicle. He also thinks that if your original vehicle took enough damage you'd carry on on-foot as a soldier with a rifle, although he's not sure about that last bit (given how much time has elapsed since he played it).
Does this game sound familar to anyone? The only game I could find where you drive around in the desert is Jackal, but that doesn't have the vehicle-changing mechanic that my friend described. Thanks for your time!