Beach Head

Originally released in 1983, this classic title offers the feel of battle

7.6

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  • Category Action
  • Program license Trial version
  • Version 2002-c
  • Size 31.03 MB
  • Works under: Windows 2000 / Windows 95 / Windows NT / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows ME
  • Program available in English

Beach Head is a 2002 defence game that focuses on eliminating enemies before they overrun a military base.

Beach Head can be considered one of the classic fortress defence games still in existence. Although initially released in 2002, this platform is now available for download on most Windows operating systems. Although some feel that this game can be criticised for its lack of innovation and a rather static invasion scenario, it is still perfect for those who want to pass a bit of time or who are interested in action-packed military scenarios.

The Premise

The actual plot of Beach Head is quite simple. The player must endeavour to defend his or her bunker against hordes of enemy troops that are disembarking on the coastline. From basic soldiers to advanced infantry divisions, helicopters and armoured personnel carriers, the difficulty of the game will increase as one progresses through different levels. This is enhanced by the fact that there is only a limited amount of ammunition available. As troops will arrive from different directions, the challenge tends to be avoiding a complete collapse as opposed to eliminating all of the targets. Unfortunately, these situations will become quite repetitive over time. There is no real way to win the game; more and more enemies will simply land along the beach. The only achievable objective is to beat one's previous record.

Sound Effects and Weapons Choices

For a game released in 2002, the sound effects are seen as adequate. Helicopters flying overhead, the sound of shells hitting the bunker and the occasional ricochet are a few of the surprises to expect during game play. Throughout the levels, the player is provided with specific weapons. While one scenario may require missiles or mortars, an evening attack might only allow the player to have a few flares and rounds of ammunition. This is where the difficulty (and frustration) can certainly mount. Some will grow tired of the inability to ever gain a real advantage and while the weapons and sounds may vary slightly, the truth of the matter is that much like the overall premise, these variants can get old rather quickly.

Classic Shooter

Although there is no doubt that Beach Head is repetitive in its nature, many players will still enjoy a platform that involves less strategy and more action. We should also mention here that this game is no walk in the park. Being so very difficult, those who prefer a nearly insurmountable challenge are likely to become very addicted. When the plot becomes too tough, there are built-in cheat codes that supply endless ammunition and unlimited levels of armour. So, these options could very well be the "holy grail" for those who have lost the stomach to repel such relentless onslaughts.

System Requirements

Beach Head 2002 is designed to be used with Windows operating systems from Windows 95 to Windows NT. Like other first-person shooter platforms, it is best to utilise Direct X 9.0 for proper graphical rendering. It is 29.6 megabytes in size, so a relatively small amount of memory will be required.

The Final Judgement

Although Beach Head may not be as appealing as other games that provide more interesting stories, this classic "shoot 'em up" platform still attracts a fair amount of fans. Once again, let us list a few of the positive and negative attributes regarding Beach Head 2002.

Pros

  • Simplistic game play
  • Reasonably good graphics and sound effects
  • The possibility to enter in cheat codes

Cons

  • Impossible to beat the game
  • A lack of weapons
  • Repetitive action
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