Guerrilla War is a top down shooter done by SNK. You play as an unnamed rebel fighter attempting to topple a dictator. You can move and shot in 8 directions, however attempting to do so at an angle is rather difficult. Your base weapons consist of a machine gun with short range and infinite ammo, and infinite grenades with a small blast radius. The machine gun is good for shooting directly at enemies, while grenades are good for lobbing over some obstacles and destroying some barriers. They also do more damage to vehicles and bosses.
There are numerous power-ups but you lose them when you die, and you die constantly. There are some items that I haven't been able to play with long enough to figure out what they do.
The action in this game is fast paced and the enemies are abundant. Most are defeated with a single hit from any weapon, but you will die from a single hit as well. Level bosses and vehicles take several hits. They move and shoot in predictable patterns that make defeating them easy. The game grants you an unlimited number of continues, and you start from ware you died, so don't worry about not being able to finish it.
Guerrilla War has good sound an graphics for an NES game and is quite fun to play. There are nice character animations and all sound effects are substantial and distinct. It has several elements of SNK's later Metal Slug series, in fact the game is just like Metal Slug but played from a different perspective.
There are a few problems though. It pushes the NES to its limit causing slow down is several areas and sometimes not all the sprites are not fully drawn all of the time. The graphical problems get worse in t player mode whit both players playing simultaneously. However 2 players is much more fun in this game.
For those of you that are politically and/or ethically minded, you should know that this game is actually about the Cuban civil war in the 1950's. You actually play as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in their fight against the Batista regime. If you know your history, you'll remember that Guevara and Castro went on to become oppressive dictators themselves and enemies to the USA and NATO.
Politics aside, the game is overall fun and good. It can be completed in less than an hour and despite its slow down issues, is still best with 2 players.
Reviewed by: Aaron from Michigan on 6/12/2015