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Coming so soon after the end of the war it depicts the game was initially thought to be [[TooSoon in bad taste]]. Ultimately the quality of the game won out and it was a huge seller, spawning a [[VideoGame/StrikeSeries number of sequels]]. ''Soviet'' in particular alludes to ''Desert'' in one mission suggesting the events of that game were {{retcon}}ned as a STRIKE mission, which could mean that STRIKE had a part to play in the other two games.

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Coming so soon after the end of the war it depicts the game was initially thought to be [[TooSoon in bad taste]].taste. Ultimately the quality of the game won out and it was a huge seller, spawning a [[VideoGame/StrikeSeries number of sequels]]. ''Soviet'' in particular alludes to ''Desert'' in one mission suggesting the events of that game were {{retcon}}ned as a STRIKE mission, which could mean that STRIKE had a part to play in the other two games.


''Desert Strike'' is an early nineties action game from Creator/ElectronicArts loosely based on the first UsefulNotes/GulfWar.

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''Desert Strike'' Strike: Return to the Gulf'' is an early nineties action a 1992 VehicularCombat game from Creator/ElectronicArts loosely based on the first UsefulNotes/GulfWar.



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The player controls an Apache gunship and undertakes several missions for the US government as they attempt to thwart the actions of the mad dictator Killbaba.

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The player controls an Apache gunship and undertakes several missions for the US government as they attempt to thwart the actions of the mad dictator Killbaba.
dictator, General Kilbaba.



Coming so soon after the end of the war it depicts the game was initially thought to be [[TooSoon in bad taste]]. Ultimately the quality of the game won out and it was a huge seller, spawning several sequels.

''Desert Strike'' was followed up by a [[VideoGame/StrikeSeries number of sequels]]. ''Soviet'' in particular alludes to ''Desert'' in one mission suggesting the events of that game were {{retcon}}ned as a STRIKE mission, which could mean that STRIKE had a part to play in the other two games.

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Coming so soon after the end of the war it depicts the game was initially thought to be [[TooSoon in bad taste]]. Ultimately the quality of the game won out and it was a huge seller, spawning several sequels.

''Desert Strike'' was followed up by
a [[VideoGame/StrikeSeries number of sequels]]. ''Soviet'' in particular alludes to ''Desert'' in one mission suggesting the events of that game were {{retcon}}ned as a STRIKE mission, which could mean that STRIKE had a part to play in the other two games.



* CriticalExistenceFailure: Your chopper can be shot full of holes from all manner of rocket and AA gunfire, down to 5 remaining hitpoints and still keep fighting just as good as it does at 100% health, but one stray bullet from a soldier's rifle, and...

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* CriticalExistenceFailure: Your chopper can be shot full of holes from all manner of rocket and AA gunfire, down to 5 remaining hitpoints and still keep fighting just as good well as it does at 100% health, but one stray bullet from a soldier's rifle, and...



* HyperspaceArsenal: Averted, the Apache's weapons load-out is 100% accurate. (Yes, it can actually carry 38 rockets, 8 missiles and 1200 20mm gun rounds at once.)

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* HyperspaceArsenal: Averted, the Apache's weapons load-out is 100% accurate. (Yes, it can actually carry 38 Hydra rockets, 8 Hellfire missiles and 1200 20mm gun Chaingun rounds at once.)



* ItsUpToYou: The whole story, a mix of UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar and a generic action plot that ends with saving the world from [[ANuclearError World War III]] rests on one pilot and co-pilot, and the co-pilot is catured in the final mission.

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* ItsUpToYou: The whole story, a mix of UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar and a generic action plot that ends with saving the world from [[ANuclearError World War III]] rests on one pilot and co-pilot, co-pilot and the co-pilot is catured has to be saved in the final mission.



* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: Several of your copilots have to be rescued by you.
* TurnsRed: Inverted. At the start of each campaign, the enemy has various radars and electrical systems in operation which, while active, make their units target you faster, hit harder, and take more hits. Naturally, these radars/power plants will be among your first objectives to level the playing field.

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* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: Several One of of your copilots have has to be rescued by you.
* TurnsRed: Inverted. At the start of each campaign, the enemy has various radars and electrical systems in operation which, while active, make their units target you faster, hit harder, harder and take have significantly more hits.armour. Naturally, these radars/power plants will be among your first objectives to level the playing field.

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* HammerspaceHideaway: The real Apache helicopter doesn't have passenger seats, so this must be where (up to 6 of) those rescued hostages and co-pilots sit. On the other hand...


* ItsUpToYou: The whole story, a mix of TheGulfWar and a generic action plot that ends with saving the world from [[ANuclearError World War III]] rests on one pilot and co-pilot, and the co-pilot is catured in the final mission.

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* ItsUpToYou: The whole story, a mix of TheGulfWar UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar and a generic action plot that ends with saving the world from [[ANuclearError World War III]] rests on one pilot and co-pilot, and the co-pilot is catured in the final mission.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: TheGulfWar.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: TheGulfWar.UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar.


''Desert Strike'' is an early nineties action game from ElectronicArts loosely based on the first UsefulNotes/GulfWar.

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''Desert Strike'' is an early nineties action game from ElectronicArts Creator/ElectronicArts loosely based on the first UsefulNotes/GulfWar.


* AcePilot

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* AcePilot
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* UsefulNotes/GulfWar: Alludes to it.


''Desert Strike'' was followed up by a [[StrikeSeries number of sequels]]. ''Soviet'' in particular alludes to ''Desert'' in one mission suggesting the events of that game were {{retcon}}ned as a STRIKE mission, which could mean that STRIKE had a part to play in the other two games.

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''Desert Strike'' was followed up by a [[StrikeSeries [[VideoGame/StrikeSeries number of sequels]]. ''Soviet'' in particular alludes to ''Desert'' in one mission suggesting the events of that game were {{retcon}}ned as a STRIKE mission, which could mean that STRIKE had a part to play in the other two games.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: General Kilbaba (who invades a small but wealthy Arab emirate) is basically Saddam Hussein and the camouflage-wearing man giving the mission briefings resembles General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf. In Jungle Strike, Carlos Ortega is a very powerful South American drug lord, like Pablo Escobar.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: General Kilbaba (who invades a small but wealthy Arab emirate) is basically Saddam Hussein and the Hussein. The camouflage-wearing man giving the mission briefings resembles General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf. In Jungle Strike, Carlos Ortega is a very powerful South American drug lord, like Pablo Escobar.Schwarzkopf.


* CaptainErsatz: General Killbaba is clearly meant to be Saddam Hussein.

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* CaptainErsatz: General Killbaba is clearly meant to be Saddam Hussein.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: General Kilbaba (who invades a small but wealthy Arab emirate) is basically Saddam Hussein and the camouflage-wearing man giving the mission briefings resembles General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf. In Jungle Strike, Carlos Ortega is a very powerful South American drug lord, like Pablo Escobar.

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* CavalryBetrayal: The American soldiers and pilots, who are stranded behind the enemy lines and waiting for the player to rescue them, aren't exactly immune to friendly bullets.


* FastRoping: Sporadically, the player's co-pilot will use this method in order to perform a certain task on the ground (e.g. entering a building and freeing an importan prisoner).

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* FastRoping: Sporadically, the player's co-pilot will use this method in order to perform a certain task on the ground (e.g. entering a building and freeing an importan important prisoner).

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* FastRoping: Sporadically, the player's co-pilot will use this method in order to perform a certain task on the ground (e.g. entering a building and freeing an importan prisoner).


* ItsUpToYou: The whole story, a mix of TheGulfWar and a generic action plot that ends with saving the world from [[ANuclearError World War III]] rests on one pilot and co-pilot, and the co-pilot is catured in the final mission.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The Gulf War.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The Gulf War.TheGulfWar.

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