"The Empire is under attack. Rebel forces have hijacked government nukes, securing them deep underground in heavily defended bunkers. The Emperor has 24 hours to surrender or face the consequences.
Conventional craft are unable to navigate the underground bunkers. The Empire's one hope is a top secret, highly manoeuvrable assault craft code-named TerraFire and YOU are the only qualified pilot."
TerraFire is a multidirectional shooter released in 1997 as shareware and re-released ten years later as freeware.
Game consists of 27 levels of which every fourth is the "bonus" level. The goal in regular levels is to penetrate the bunker, kill or avoid enemy defense forces, retrieve the aforementioned nuke and evacuate before time runs out. There are several upgrades scattered around the level, however the games becomes harder when you drag the nuke to the surface, because it destabilises your ship's movement and hitting the wall costs energy. Bonus levels are based on a classic arcade game Asteroids and require you to destroy piece by piece the huge asteroid flying over the playfield.
According to developers game (which was made for DOS) can work under Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP, but to play it under Windows Vista and 7 you must use the help of DOSBox.
Pater Alf : I like this a lot and I think it's not frustrating at all. I got to level seven on my second try and I didn't even use the save points. You get what you want here, choose easy difficulty and it is really easy (at least for the first few levels).
Handling the ship is only hard for the first few minutes, then you get used to it and control it pretty well. It only changes back to hard when you get the nuke and have to be careful, but that's part of the fun in my eyes. Best strategy is to shoot down everything before getting the nuke and use the health packs whenever you can.
There are also lots of bonus lifes you can gain, so if you use the save points (there are a lot of them too) wisely, you can get very far in the game without any big problems.
Pater Alf : Come on, it's hot that hard. On easy level I made it to level 3 on my first attempt without even loosing a single life. Once you know how to control your ship, you can navigate it quite well.
I don't have the time right now to go on playing, but I'm looking forward to continue as soon as possible.
Chroelle : This game was so frustrating to play tht I ahd to quit after several attempts at level 2 (of 26) on easy setting...
The controls are purposely to hard to handle for new players and that is just shooting yourself in the foot right there. I might have played this game more had I actually bought it, but not for free. I got my moneys worth.
Simply too hard, which is actually quite sad, because the idea is cool enough to make a good game out of it. It hasn't been helped by time this game - though there might be some hardcore gamers out there looking for a new game to master and spend ages on - then this might be it!
Scythe : I remember this - it was really frustrating!
Drasir-Vel : An award-winning old game. Once commercial, but now the full verson is given to the public for free.´
Rebel forces has stolen government nukes, and secured them in heavily defended underground bunkers. They threaten the empire to surrender within 24 hours or face the conseqences. You are sent on a mission into the underground bunkers to capture the nukes and tow them out, and into hyperspace. Conventional crafts are not able to navigate these underground bunkers, so you have been given a top secret, highly manoeuverable assult craft. It's code-name is TerraFire.
Once you find the nuke, your ships tractor beam will tow it, and you have to manoeuver it along narrow passages, and past mines, flamethrowers and chrushers. The nuke is almost as heavy as your ship, so that's easier said than done. And once you start towing the nuke, a countdown sequence will start, and you have to get out within the time limit.
Sometimes, when in hyperspace, you will also encounter asteroids and other anomalies, which you must destroy to move on to the next level.
I use DOSBox for this game, but it may work in Windows XP's own DOS emulator.
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