Airwolf (video game)

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Nintendo Entertainment System box art
Developer(s)Kyugo (Arcade)
Beam Software (NES)
Publisher(s)Kyugo (Arcade)
Acclaim (NES)
Platform(s)Arcade, Famicom, NES
September 1987[1]
  • NA: June 1989
  • EU: 1990
Genre(s)Scrolling shooter
Arcade systemKyugo

Airwolf is a series of shooter video games based on the TV series of the same name. The first game based on the series was released for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum by Elite Systems in 1984. The game also was released on the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and Atari 8-bit family. A sequel, Airwolf II, was released in 1986.

An arcade game based on the series was developed by Kyugo and released in 1987. A Famicom port of this game was released in 1988.[3]

The NES version was not a port of the arcade game, but was instead developed by Beam Software and released by Acclaim in 1988. The game places the player in the cockpit of the Airwolf helicopter attempting to shoot down enemy aircraft and rescue prisoners.

Gameplay (NES game)[edit]

The game contains thirty missions, each with the objective being to rescue prisoners being held captive in enemy bases. The layout of each level changes as the player progresses. There are three types of bases:

  • Home base - This is where the player can refuel the Airwolf and repair damage it may have taken.
  • Enemy airfield - This is where many of the enemy craft take off from. The base can be destroyed, which lessens the number of enemy aircraft pursuing the player.
  • Prisoner base - This is where the prisoners are being held. To rescue them, the player must successfully land Airwolf and rescue the prisoner.

Airwolf is equipped with missiles and a machine gun in order to fend off enemy craft and their weapons. In order to successfully complete a mission, the player must rescue all prisoners and reach the border of the level without losing all of their lives.


Classic Home Video Games 1985-1988 praised the musical score of the NES version, but described the gameplay as "dull."[4]


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  3. ^ Fox, Matt (2013). The Video Games Guide: 1,000+ Arcade, Console and Computer Games, 1962-2012. 6 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0786472574.
  4. ^ Weiss, Brett (2012). Classic Home Video Games, 1985-1988: A Complete Reference Guide. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0786469376.

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