• Completed by Frank Gasking & Vinny Mainolfi
• Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
Over the past few years,
the word ‘arcade’ has been watered down to the mere
meaning of ‘a covered walk with shops along one or both
sides’ – Oxford Dictionaries. But back in the eighties,
the arcade meant something completely different;
something of excitement and entertainment; something
that kept you occupied for hours on end – or as long as
your pocket money would take you. The Arcade was King
and it ruled our lands with its bright lights and
sparkle. In the early days it dazzled us with the likes
of Space Invaders, Galaxians, Frogger, and Pacman, but
then came the next era: Ghost n Goblins, Kung-Fu Master,
and of course, Green Beret…
I couldn’t wait to own
this game after seeing the review in ZZAP!64 (93%, issue
16). Green Beret is an AMAZING arcade conversion on the
Commodore 64... crisp and clear graphics, perfect game
play, and some cool sonix to boot (the master Galway
himself) - it makes you wonder how the programmer fitted
it all into the Commodore 64's memory. Come to think of
it, the coder, David Collier, also produced a lot of my
favourite C64 games such as: Roland's Ratrace,
Hypersports, Arkanoid, Yie Ar Kung-Fu and Rambo - all
SUPERB games for our beloved machine.
So did David Collier bother with creating a memorable game ending? ...
Each one of the captives salutes as our hero runs
Sniff ... sniff ... don't you just LOVE being American?!
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
It is possible to complete this game
without cheating, but it needs a lot of time, dedication
and tolerance. On this particular occasion, I used my
own home-grown cheats to get me to the end (POKE 588,4:
POKE 3123,4 : POKE 945,3).
WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have completed the final
level, our hero runs passed all the POWs who are tied
up, and one by one they are untied and salute our hero.
The ending text reads: "CONGRATULATIONS. MISSION
ACCOMPLISHED. NOW PROCEED TO NEXT CAMP." The ending
is accompanied by a Martin Galway ending tune.
This is a nice little ending and finishes off the game
storyline with some cool Galway music and a great
'saluting' sequence. It gives the player a great sense
of satisfaction and accomplishment.
- Andrew Fisher:
I've been a fan of this game since I bought it on the
Konami Coin-Op Hits compilation. I can see past the
flicker and tricky sections to see a great conversion.
And I was honoured to interview Dave Collier and Martin
Galway for a Retro Gamer feature on the game.
As for the ending, a very clever re-use of the existing
assets and a fitting end to the game.
Overall, not a bad game but sod playing through all that
only to receive a congratulations message.
- Andy Vaisey:
Yeah, agree with Merman, a really good conversion; a
satisfying game and ending.
- Brendan Phoenix:
Great conversion and a great ending which is accurate to
the arcade original.
SAY: Not a long ending, but something worth
to view more endings.