Mar 15, 2012
Harrier Attack! The exclamation mark an indicator of the excitement contained within the title. In this Falklands War inspired title you get to take off from an air craft carrier in your Harrier jump jet (sorry kids, you won’t know what either of those are any more…) avoid or destroy an enemy patrol boat then fly over hilly terrain populated by radar towers, tanks and anti-aircraft guns.
The air is peppered with anti-aircraft fire as you trade rockets with enemy fighters before going on a bombing run against what looks like a very much civilian area. Sure, there are tanks there, but THEY’RE AT WAR! Should you manage to make it past all that, there’s another patrol boat to deal with before you cruise along for a bit until you reach your aircraft carrier (surely not the same one?) allowing you to land on it in a deft display of skill as can be expected from Her Majesty’s air force.
Alternatively, you bomb your own ship, do all the same stuff and then crash in to the sea when your plane runs out of fuel because your aircraft carrier isn’t waiting for you at the other end. Presumably because you sank it and/or the Admiralty don’t want to pick up mass murdering traitors. Classy.
Harrier Attack! was another title that most people encountered via the free games that came with their Amstrad CPC464. Originally released in 1983 by Durell Software