Bombs, buildings and a buff, bloody Bruce Willis, oh yeah.
In Die Hard, you play as John McClane, out to save your wife and her co-workers from terrorists. All 35 floors of the building are available for you to explore at the outset (unless you choose Beginner mode which limits the number of floors), but not much happens in any of them. Collect a key here, get shot at there, get annoyed when bullets hit you because your stuff flies everywhere; Die Hard is about as dense as your average straight-to-DVD Seagal film.
The polo shirt-wearing Germans are everywhere, and you need to kill them, since they have keys that allow you deeper access into the building. While the Germans go down in one hit, they spew out bullets like the remnants of last night’s kegger, and you only have one life, so beware.
Die Hard has a time limit, though not in the conventional sense. Once the terrorists unlock all the locks to the main safe, you have a few minutes to get to the 30th floor and kill Hans, the terrorist ringleader. And since killing Hans is the only way to beat Die Hard, this makes your previous time spent with the game irrelevant. If you wanted to, you could stand around, wait for the locks to be unlocked, kill Hans and win. Yippe ki… yay?
PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Pack-in Video GENRE: Action
RELEASE DATE: 07/19/91 – (JP), 01/1992 – (US), 1992 – (EU)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: C64