Desert Strike

  • Developer: EA/Mike Posehn
  • Genre: Arcade/Action
  • Originally on: Sega Genesis (1992)
  • Also known as: Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 9.5/10 - 4 votes
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Game Overview

Man, Desert Strike back in the day was one of those games that everyone had! Seriously, apart from the NES, I do not think there was a system or computer that missed out on this classic shooter. It spawned a whole bunch of sequels and it is a game that I feel most people who played it enjoyed. It may sound crazy to hear, but back during this era, EA was a real hit factory and people had a lot of love for them. The version we are looking at today is the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version.

Peace In The Middle East

For a 1992 game, Desert Strike actually has a fairly deep story. This game came out after the first Gulf War so it may have been a bit raw for some. There is a crazy terrorist in the Middle East threatening to start a massive war and destroy the world. You are part of a team that is going on a primitive strike to try and stop him. There is some text and even what you would call cut scenes that give you information about the mission and giving you context for the story as well.

The sound of the game can start to get on your nerves a little as it is very repetitive. However, I have found that this is the kind of game where you can kind of tune it out and get into a real Zen zone as you play.

Isometric War

I would not say that this is a great looking game, but it more than gets the job done. For a 16-bit game, EA did a great job of making the different vehicles look as realistic as possible. The different levels all do have a very similar look to them, but sometimes they take place at night and when this happens it can make things more exciting.

The gameplay in Desert Strike sees you being in control of a helicopter. You will have many missions that you need to complete. These range from blowing up bases to rescuing scientists. There is a nice variety to the missions and you can pick up fuel and more powerful weapons and this helps keep you on your toes. The enemies can be pretty ruthless so you have to take them down as quickly as possible.

Easing Into War

One thing that I find about this game and those that do not like it is that they do not like the way the helicopter controls. I will admit that it does take a while to get used to and picking up items that are on the ground can be a pain due to not knowing exactly where they are in relation to you. The bouncing of buildings is pretty comical, but I could do without the boing sound that follows it. I will admit that there is a learning curve here, but once you do get the hang of it, you will really start to have a lot of fun.

I would have to admit that Desert Strike is not my favorite game in the series, but it is still a fun time. It may be a bit rougher around the edges than the games that followed it as EA was still working things out. However, despite the flaws and the rather rough control that takes a while to get used to. This has always been a game that I have enjoyed playing and if you are willing to stick with it and learn how to play it properly, you are going to get a lot out of it too.


Final Score


  • It tells a cool military story
  • The game looks pretty decent for its age
  • It has some realistic-looking vehicles
  • It is pretty action packed
  • You have to think about what you are doing


  • It takes a while to get the controls down
  • Picking stuff up o the ground can be annoying

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Desert Strike supports single modeSingle game mode Desert Strike supports multiplayer modeMultiplayer (Hotseat)

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