Depending on which title you use, and how you interpret it, this game is about a guy who a) rushes in before attacking b) attacks Russians (this was the mid-80s, when the US helped bin Laden do the same), or c) wears a rather goofy hat. One way or another, this arcade conversion arms you with a knife and sends you on a kamikaze mission against hordes of enemy fighters.
There are four distinct sections of gameplay, taking in a Missile Base, a Harbour, a Bridge, and an enemy Prison Camp. Extra weapons with limited ammunition can be collected along the way, which will make the task a lot easier. The level is divided into 3 horizontal levels, which can be moved between either by jumping or using ladders, and this gives a chance to avoid the more threatening mobs of enemy fighters
Rush 'N Attack (known as Green Beret outside the U.S.) is a fun side scrolling platform combat game that sets Konami's standards for excellent military action titles.
While not up to the standards of later games (e.g. Contra and Metal Gear), Rush 'N Attack still provides a decent gaming experience. The plot is simple - you play a Green Beret who has parachuted behind the enemy lines with one goal: destroy the enemies' secret weapon. Your must slash your way through six tough stages to reach the enemies main base, where the secret weapon - the Death Laser - is waiting.
Strangely enough, the only weapon you have at the beginning of the game is a combat knife (perhaps you are Rambo's son?). You can pick up other weapons as you go, but they're very scarce, and ammo is always limited. There is a decent selection of enemies: foot soldiers, karate soldiers, pistol soldiers, machine gun soldiers, artillerymen, paratroopers, and the yellow soldiers who look just like your Green Beret. When you kill a yellow soldier, he'll drop a weapon - the Bazooka, the Grenade, the Pistol, or the Lucky Star, which grants you invincibilty. The other weapons all have limited ammo - the Bazooka can only carry three rounds at a time, and you can only carry up to nine Grenades.
The game plays a lot like later Contra, but there is one big difference between the two - the controls. Simply put, the controls in Rush 'N Attack are terrible. For example, you'll be in a particularly tricky spot, with soldiers coming at you from both directions. You'll take some out on one side, then turn around to get the others and accidentally press Up. You then get to watch your Green Beret jump right into the oncoming soldier, which kills him instantly! Since getting hit by anything kills you, and you only have five lives and no "continues" with which to complete the game, you will get frustrated by this annoying control flaw.
If you can master the controls, though, Rush 'N Attack can be a fun, if challenging, game. A constant barrage of enemies keeps you on your toes, and the bosses are very difficult. Recommended only for the most confident of all joystick experts.
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