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GREEN BERET (1985)

Green Beret Arcade Game
 

Green Beret, also known as Rush n Attack, was a Konami arcade game released in 1985.  Some of you may even remember the sequel to this game titled M.I.A.: Missing in Action (1989).  In this Cold War era game, the player took control of a Special Ops soldier whose goal was to bust into an enemy military base and rescue POWs from eminent death.  The game was a left to right scroller with four stages:  a marshalling area, a harbor, the air base, and a camp.  The soldier carried a knife with him, but could also pick up the weapons of fallen enemies, such as a flame thrower, an RPG, and grenades.

The end of each stage presented the player with a unique set of challenges.  The first stage ended with a truckload of karate soldiers, the second with a pack of killer dogs, the third with shooting helicopters, and the fourth with a skilled enemy flame thrower.  If the player beats the final level, the POWs are released, and play begins again at level one, albeit at a higher difficulty level.  The player must reach the end of each level before a certain time level is up, and if the player hangs around too long idly, the game would send out a flying jet to take him out.

Versions of this game were released for the Commodore 64, NES, and a few other more sophisticated homes systems back in the day, but nothing run of the mill like the Atari 2600 or Intellivision.  As the years rolled on, version of the game were released on contemporary platforms like the Xbox, Game Boy, and Nintendo DS.

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