Fishface leapt from the helicopter and landed face down in the mud. But that was no ordinary mud. It was the mud of a middle eastern country where Fishface knew he had a mission to complete. He had to go in, kill a guy, and get out alive again. That was his job. For Fishface was a Seal.
His mother had never quite understood, asking him why he wasn't in a circus balancing balls on his nose, but Fishface knew deep down inside that the Seals were the last hope for the civilised world. Or something.
Yes, you too can enter a war zone from the comfort of your own living room, thanks to those terribly obliging people at ICE. In fact, some of you out there may remember that Fire Force was originally developed by Electronic Zoo. But since their collapse, ICE stepped in and revamped the game before releasing it. If you did remember that, and no cheating now, give yourself two Brownie points.
Boot up your Amiga with Fireforce disk one in the drive, and hey presto! You're off. You can select an existing Seal or name one of your own, a new recruit. Then you are given several missions to choose from, including assassinating a Middle Eastner officer and destroying a bridge in a tropical war zone.
Equip yourself with a few guns, then tootle off to join the fray. You are deposited by helicopter and left to fend yourself in a hostile foreign environment, armed only with a machine gun, a handful of grenades and your packed lunch.
You have a set amount of time to complete the mission and arrive at the predetermined rendezvous point - the far right of the level - if you want to get out alive... otherwise, you'll be listed as Missing in Action.
Each level scrolls horizontally, and you walk right shooting anyone and anything you see. It's all a bit reminiscent of the 8-bit hit Green Beret, but that's no bad thing. It's actually surprisingly good fun, and the graphics and sound complement the action well.
If you complete the mission, you can go on to bigger and better things. If not, then it's a sad screen, a Purple Heart award, and a new character for you, matey.
Fireforce is a refreshing new addition to the world of wander-and-