Airwolf (video game)

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Nintendo Entertainment System box art
Developer(s) Kyugo (Arcade, Famicom)
Beam Software (NES)
Publisher(s) Kyugo (Arcade, Famicom)
Acclaim (NES)
Platform(s) Arcade, Famicom, NES
Release Arcade
September 1987[1]
  • JP: December 24, 1988[2]
  • NA: June 1989
  • EU: 1990
Genre(s) Action / Shooter / Simulator
Mode(s) Single-player
Arcade system Kyugo

Airwolf is a multiplatform shooter video game based on the TV series of the same name. The game places the player in the cockpit of a helicopter (codenamed Airwolf), where the player must attempt to shoot down enemy aircraft and rescue prisoners.


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 amount 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; while the musical score was praised the gameplay was described as "dull".[3]

Earlier game[edit]

An action game based on Airwolf, with somewhat similar gameplay, 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 800; a sequel, Airwolf II, was released in 1986. The Famicom version of airwolf, released in 1988, is also a different game to the US release in term of gameplay.[4]


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