Seek and Destroy: An excellent and original shoot em up from the 90s

Like most games of this type, you have to fly your chopper out on a series of missions across a variety of terrains, blasting airborne and ground-based targets with a single aim in mind, usually to eliminate a certain number of opposing units, destroy a particular building or rescue some hostages. All in a day’s work, really. The whole thing is viewed from above, with your chopper holding a slightly below centre position on the screen. A scanner below you shows the positions of all the enemies in range, and small readouts dotted around the screen show the state of your fuel and shields, along with the currently selected weapon. It’s an extremely uncluttered display, and with the speed of this game, it needs to be.

Each mission is played out over an enormous map, yet the screen only scrolls upwards. Seek And Destroy gives you six different weapons to play with, from the basic chain gun to more advanced weapons such as FFAR (Folding Fin Aerial Rockets), Air-to-Ground and Air-to-Air-homing missiles. More unusual weapons are the air strike, where you can call a fleet of shells to an area to completely annihilate it, or Napalm bombs, ideal for wiping out long lines of enemy tanks. Some enemy buildings, when blown to pieces, reveal pick-ups which replenish either fuel, shield or weaponry. Trouble is, you have to land to acquire them and often, you face a barrage of fire when attempting to do so. But no matter, practice makes perfect. Seek And Destroy is a very easy game to get to grips with, but in time honoured fashion it will take you quite a while to really conquer.

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