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Operation Wolf (US)

Operation Wolf (c) 11/1987 Taito.

A light-gun game in which the player takes on the role of a soldier and must infiltrate an enemy army base. The object is to capture six bases and to save any hostages encountered on the way.

Each mission begins with the player carrying a limited amount of machine gun bullets and rockets, but extra ammunition can be collected by shooting any gun magazines or rockets that appear on screen.

Any civilians or hostages that the player shoots will result in a reduction to the player's health meter (which is displayed on the right-hand side of the screen). Farm animals, in the form of a chicken and a pig, will occasionally run across the screen; Shooting these will reveal bonus items such as health or ammunition.

Once the game is completed, the player is returned to the first mission, but with an increased level of difficulty.


Board Number : M4300189A

Prom Stickers : B20

Main CPU : 68000, Z80

Sound Chips : YM2151, (2x) MSM5205

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8192

Players : 1

Control : lightgun

Buttons : 2


Developed by East Technology.

Mark Twitty holds the official record for this game with 212,350 points.

A bootleg of this game is known as "Operation Bear".

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (The Ninja Warriors : G.S.M. Taito 1 - D28B0001) on 21/06/1988.


* Time your grenade shots to wipe out more than one enemy vehicle at a time. It is rarely smart to use a grenade on a single vehicle. Grenades are not plentiful enough to use in this fashion.

* When the large, blond enemy soldiers (with toting large machine guns) appear in stage four (Ammo Dump), shooting them in the face will take them down quickly. Otherwise, a grenade or lots of bullets will be required. Also in stage four, keep a stream of fire going just to the right corner of the mortar behind the sandbags. You will plug the guy shooting at you early and you will not be distracted by incoming mortar fire.

* Each round cleared heals three damage points and the village round heals twenty damage points. If you are playing on a generous machine (mucho power drinks) or an easy machine and you are a great shot, you may have less than three damage points near the end of the first stage (enemy radar) or less than twenty damage points near the end of the village scene. If so, leave one helicopter alive. When it flies on screen, pump it with nine bullets. This gives you points and you can finish it with one shot if you need to. The helicopters often take just one damage point and take a long time to deliver their damage. All the while they do this, power drinks, grenades, and ammunition may show up so you can stock up before the round has to end. Blow-up the helicopter when you have three or twenty damage points depending on the round.

* On the fifth stage (Concentration Camp), you are likely to finish this round shooting foot soldiers. If you are a good shot, wait until they flash. Sometimes, the enemies do not flash or shoot. The longer you delay the end of the round, the more likely you are to have ammo, grenades, and power drinks drift into the scene.

* If you play a game that allows you to select the scene in which you fight, choose the village when you have 15-20 damage points so you can make the most of the village's healing bonus where twenty damage points will be removed. Also, do not select the ammo dump. It uses more ammo than it gives, delivers inevitable damage to you, and the three helicopters the ammo dump sends to reinforce the final round are nothing compared to the onslaught you face at the ammo dump.


1. Operation Wolf (1987)

2. Operation Thunderbolt (1988)

3. Operation Wolf 3 (1994)

4. Operation Tiger (1998)


Cast : Eigo Okajima, Katuhiko Hirano, Satoru Komiya, Toshihiro Kimura, Masaru Tamura, Naoaki Wataya

Direct of photography : Eigo Okajima

Music by : Hiroshi Tuda

Planned by : Eigo Okajima

* Design :

All characters : Masaru Tamura, Op & Ed, Saori Ohkura

Title & Capture : Saori Ohkura

1st scene : Masaru Tamura, Natuko Tanahara

2nd scene : Masaru Tamura, Natuko Tanahara, Saori Ohkura

Extra scene : Masaru Tamura

3rd scene : Naoaki Wataya

4th scene : Naoaki Wataya

Final scene : Naoaki Wataya

States : Natuko Tanahara, Saori Ohkura

Effects : Masaru Tamura, Naoaki Wataya

All mechanics : Naoaki Wataya

* Program :

Event : Katuhiko Hirano, Satoru Komiya

1st scene : Katuhiko Hirano

2nd scene : Satoru Komiya

Extra scene : Toshihiro Kimura

3rd scene : Katuhiko Hirano, Toshihiro Kimura

4th scene : Satoru Komiya

Final scene : Toshihiro Kimura

System : Katuhiko Hirano


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1989)

NEC PC-Engine (1990)

Sega Master System

FM Towns Marty

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 2") (Japan only)

* Computers :

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)

Commodore C64 (1988)

MSX (1988)

Amstrad CPC (1988) [Keyboard / Joystick version]

Amstrad CPC (1989) [LightGun version]

Atari ST (1989)

PC [MS-DOS] (1989)

Commodore Amiga (1989)

Commodore Amiga (1990, "Amiga Champions")

PC [MS Windows] (2005, "Taito Legends")