Frontline
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.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.

 

 

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