Red Zone

by Zyrinx

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Red Zone is a 2D helicopter game also known as Hardwired..

Ivan Rutif and his Zyristian party are attempting to take over the world.

If he's not recognized as emperor of "the fourth empire", he'll blow us all up with nuclear weapons. Shades, Rocco, and Mirage comprise an elite special forces team trained in martial arts combat, heavy weapon operations and vehicle reconnaissance. And they're out to get Ivan.

Development house Zyrinx (of Subterrania fame) has programmed a "SuperSpin" algorithm that allows - incredible as it sounds - rotation on the Genesis. Red Zone alternates between overhead-view helicopter combat (like a cross between Desert Strike and Xevious, but with full rotation) and 3-D-looking scenes where you work your way through underground bunkers on foot. Look for some surprisingly smooth full-motion video effects, too; are you sure this is a cartridge?

A mad dictator named Ivan Retovitz has announced war against the world. He has threatened nuclear destruction to any country trying to stop him. Many of Ivan's war machines have now been strategically placed on the battlefield. You, a well-known Apache ace, have been chosen to go deep within enemy territory to carry out a vital mission that will hopefully turn the tides around. Your first mission involves activating a virus in the enemy's computers in order to hinder the enemy's communication and to slow down the enemy's activities. Later, you'll have to attack certain targets, leveling airports and bunkers, and finally taking out the nuclear missiles. The whole world is counting on you to get rid of the madness. Hurry, you only have 24 hours.


The flying perspective is just too cool. Neat 3-D effect.


Learning the field is very tough especially when there are too many anti-aircraft missiles.


Talk about some blood test! Walk on a corpse and watch the blood flow.

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Although Red Zone didn't impress me too much, it was still a good release. Unfortunately the game's drawback was the lack of new features. Everything the chopper could do I've seen before. Nevertheless, Red Zone was a good and enjoyable game with decent graphics and a quite well thought plot. Piloting the AH-64B Apache was always fun and though it seems easy, it was not. The game was only available on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and I personally think that the installment was good enough and worthy for being released on other platforms.

If you like Red Zone, try other games: Air Strike II: Gulf Thunder, Battle of Europe, Comanche 4, Desert Strike.

Red Zone rating

Red Zone system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Red Zone supports single modeSingle game mode

2005-09-28 Red Zone is a helicopter game.

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