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At the command of the Airwolf, you must rescue a prisoner scientist in an underground complex.
Your time is running out.
Destroy the buttons to open the path.

  • cursor keys to move
  • z to fire (w on ascii)

About the game:

This game is inspired by the amstrad airwolf game released in 1985.
At that time I was a kid and I expected a lot from this license.
Unfortunately, the game was far too difficult.
A legend even said that the destruction of the last switch of level 1, crashed the game and prohibited going to the next levels. No one had ever seen level 2.
Last year, I thought about it and said to myself: this mystery must be solved.
So I completely reversed the assembly code of the game.
In doing so, I noticed that the crash of the last one came from an infinite loop which seemed voluntary.
There is only one level and no code to handle the end.
Everything in the sources suggests that the game was released too quickly and not finished.
When you spend hours studying someone else's code, you end up bonding with their ghost.
Since then I have the impression of guessing what the author (Richard Chappels) wanted to do at the time.
So, I wanted to push the concept to the end.
Here is the airwolf game of my childhood; rewritten to follow through on its original concept.

P#127229 2023-03-16 15:16 ( Edited 2023-04-10 11:41)


A real blast from the past!

P#127230 2023-03-16 16:32

Hi @65c02:

How do you pick up the package ?

P#127240 2023-03-16 18:49

There is no package and there is nothing to pick up except the scientist at the end. but in the level, there are some switches to destroy. And it's true that they look like packages :)

P#127243 2023-03-16 19:36

This menu music is so fire

P#127252 2023-03-17 03:04

Hard game, good music is the least that I can say about this game

P#127263 2023-03-17 18:43

Thanks for the history! Super interesting.

P#127265 2023-03-17 20:12

Wow, this game is hard. I love what you did though, chasing your childhood ghosts...

P#127297 2023-03-18 19:01

Really nice remake 👌
It is luckily relatively easy to get to the end.
I tried to finish it twice since I was pressing fire and I skipped something in the end. Still the last message disappears when I'm trying to read the last paragraph 😅 (maybe wait a few secs to avoid fire-skip and then finally make it disappear only when the user presses a key?)
At second attempt I had 7+ secs and 30007 (maybe useful to save permanently hi-score? see dset() )
Trying once more to finish reading the last part of the final message 🤭

P#127326 2023-03-19 15:49

At the 3rd time I directly started reading the last part of the message aha nice reference to that original loop 👌
7:41 - 32185
(hmm I see the score riskily gets near to the maximum 32768 I wonder if...)

@65c02 edit:
4th attempt, scoring as much as possible (it would've been around 33000 or less but for sure more than the max number 32768) so this happened:

it overflowed

P#127328 2023-03-19 16:03 ( Edited 2023-03-19 16:11)

You are right. I made some corrections.
Thanks for your feedback.

P#127334 2023-03-19 17:33

OMG I loved/hated that game. I'm so impressed that you got to the bottom of that rumour.
Your version is mercifully easier than the original (probably because of the smaller pixel count) but I'm only just realising I dont think I ever got past that first screen cause I'm not sure I knew how to shoot down (half turning the heli).
Thanks soooooo much for making this, I can't wait to see what the rest of the level/game looks like :D

P#127768 2023-03-29 11:39

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