This game is a blend of side-scroller and strategy, which is not a very frequent mix of genres. Armor Alley was originally released in 1984 under the name Rescue Rangers. It features two bases, one of which is your enemies, and which you need to destroy. There's not much story besides that, but it's more than enough for fun.
The weaponry includes helicopter (player controlled), ground units and many stationary ones like bunkers and AA guns. Your helicopter is armed with limited supply of bombs, guided missiles and a vulcan cannon. You need to replenish these at your landing pod. The game is fast-paced and if you intend to play it lazily, you can expect serious problems or loss, as any convoy can be destroyed quickly without aerial support, and funds depend on how far are you in enemy territory.
The basics of this game are clearly explained in the help section and there are four tutorial missions as well as in-game hints, so you will get into it very fast.
Graphics aren't the outstanding, but they also won’t make your eyes cry for help. During the game, you will probably not pay any attention to them anyhow. Also the sounds are quite irritating and it’s better to turn on some music instead.
This game works perfectly under Windows XP, except for the sounds, but that is no loss at all.
Armor Alley offers multiplayer game over serial port or modem if you get bored by the computer opponent. This is great game, but the sounds are bad and it can become repetitive after a while, so it gets a 4.
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