Video Game / Rescue Raiders
was a 1984 Apple ][
game from Sir-Tech that combined the side-scrolling
helicopter action of Choplifter!
with one of the first implementations of Real-Time Strategy
Two sides with identical capabilities vie to destroy each other's headquarters
by escorting a demolition team
to the opposite end of the battlefield. In addition to dispatching these teams and other ground units, players directly pilot a heavily-armed helicopter
The game's creators later remade it
and Mac OS
as Armor Alley
. This version added a multiplayer mode, with up to two pilots per team.
Tropes found in Rescue Raiders:
Tropes specific to Armor Alley:
- Captain Obvious — One of the "Battle Hints" is "Low fuel means low fuel."
- The Computer Is A Lying Bastard — Another Battle Hint is "Never believe everything you read."
- Motion Parallax — An optional feature, in case you find it distracting. You can also disable the scenic background altogether.
- War Is Hell — The snippets of story in the game and the manual have this theme.
I don't recognize any of the guys I'm with here, and I don't know if it's because they're green troops and all my friends are dead, or because I'm losing my mind