The first of the one
man versus an entire army games that was later made popular by
the likes of Commando and Ikari Warrior. Frontline does offer
something the others don't, a bowlegged soldier! You almost feel
sorry for the poor chap, who looks like he just spent ten hours
on a horse.
The game itself
is quite simple, move up the trail and kill everyone you see.
Shoot them or throw grenades at them, but whatever you do, kill
them before they kill you. Simple right? The controls are not so
simple. In fact they can be quite hectic, especially if you are
using a keyboard. Thankfully I have a V-Stick to make it a bit easier. What you
really need is a spinner to make it easier. You see, one set of
controls moves the soldier and another controls where your gun
is shooting, just like Robotron. But you also need two other
buttons to shoot and throw grenades. It is enough to make a
person wish they were an octopus. But once you get past the
somewhat clumsy controls, it is a decent game.
Besides just shooting soldiers,
you can also hop in an abandoned tank and run them over! But
there are enemy tanks that you must deal with and they love to
blow you out of your tank. Thankfully, your tank smokes for a
few seconds after being hit, so you have time to jump out and
run for cover. If you don't leave it, you will be blown to little
bitty bits. So once you get hit, jump out!
The sound effects in the game are
decent and you get a nice little drum roll at the beginning. The
enemy are pretty stupid as they just come right at you. A few
will jump in the bushes to ambush you, but most of them just
march forward, with no regard for personal safety. Don't know if
I respect such bravery or laugh at such stupidity.
If you like the kind of game
where one man must take on insurmountable odds, then this game
is for you. If you like your war games to have lots of realism,
then avoid this game. If you like bowlegged heroes, then you
will love this game. I personally like it in small doses. It is
a fun game, but those controls are enough to drive a man insane.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
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