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Video Game / Rescue Raiders

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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 for DOS and Mac OS as Armor Alley. This version added a multiplayer mode, with up to two pilots per team.

Tropes found in Rescue Raiders:

  • Vulnerable Convoy: Tanks are powerful, but are as powerless against a bomb-dropping helicopter as the demolition vans they protect.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": It's actually ZIPPY. Among other things, it enables the player to get extra and invulnerable helicopters and instantaneously move the helicopter to wherever the player wants on the battlefield.

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: The scenic background is layered by parallax scrolling, although it's an optional feature that can be disabled if found 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.

Alternative Title(s): Armor Alley