Strike Force

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The re-release box cover.

Strike Force is a compilation video game published by Keypunch Software for MS-DOS on 1987-05-11 and re-released in 1993. It contains four video games where you pilot an aircraft or spaceship. The games included in the package were older shareware and freeware titles with their credits removed, sold as commercial games. The packaging was also very low-quality and the menu system was a mess of BASIC code and typos.

Games

This compilation contains four games. Because Keypunch was essentially a pirate organization, they sourced the games from free sources like magazines and BBSes and stripped the names of the developers. Any unnecessary documentation or credits were removed. Prior to shipping, the games were re-titled, both to prevent the developers from finding out their programs were stolen, and also to make the buyers think they were buying something more impressive than what the box contained.

Title Notes
Striker Striker is a clone of the scrolling shooter Scramble. First released as shareware in 1985 by Derek Williams, but his name was removed.
Flightmare Flightmare is a split-view piloting game. First released as shareware in 1984 by Peter Adams, but his name was removed.
Red Baron A scrolling shooter where you pilot a Sopwith biplane. First released as freeware in 1984 by David Clark under the title Sopwith, but his name was removed, the title was changed, and two-player mode was removed.
Kamakaze Alien A primitive shooter. First released in 1982 by VeriSoft Works using the title Kamikazi Alien (also spelled wrong). The back of the box correctly spells it "Kamikaze."

Personal

My cousin had this and several other Keypunch titles for his Tandy 1000 in the late 1980s. We didn't play this one very much because the games ran a bit fast on his Tandy, and far too fast on his later PC. The only game we got any real enjoyment out of was The Red Baron.

Status

I do not own this game. I have beaten the single player mode of The Red Baron, but the others, to my knowledge, cannot be beaten.

Media

Box Art

Download

Since Keypunch probably never secured the rights to these game in the first place, and has long since gone out of business, I'm making the software available here.

Links

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