Memories from the 1980s: Operation Wolf Game on the ZX Spectrum 128k

Don’t ask me why, but this old computer game just popped into my head from way back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  I was about 12 I think when I first started playing this in 1988, and remember the Operation Wolf game coming in an A3 sized cardboard box with a sleek finish.

The game itself was great fun, as you were a commando having to shoot the bad guys as the screen scrolled from left to right.  The overall aim of Operation Wolf was to rescue the hostages and try to only kill the baddies.

I actually viewed myself as a bit of a master and expert on Operation Wolf, purely because 9025203f the time I had to play it one a small black and white TV in my bedroom – and was only occasionally allowed to take my Sinclair Spectrum 128k (the built-in tape drive version) into the living room to use the old Granada colour TV.

So obviously this meant my eyes were very finely tuned to seeing the bad guys because usually I had to pick them out against a grey jungle background – which wasn’t easy at the best of times.

Loading Operation Wolf by Tape to the Spectrum 128k

Loading games by tape cassette on to the Spectrum was usually a five minute process – and I can still hear the analogue sounds of the code loading – bleeps and small screeches – if only the kids of today knew what we had to go through in order to play our favorite games!

The video footage show below not only displays the loading sequence, but also features around ten minutes of game play, so if you want a blast from the past then check this out below:

Operation Wolf Had Six Levels of Gameplay

Thank to Wikipedia for this one, as my memory couldn’t quite dredge up all the Operation Wolf levels, but apparently there were 6 stages.

  • Communication Set-up
  • Jungle
  • Village
  • Powder Magazine
  • Concentration Camp
  • Airport

Operation Wolf and Chase HQ on the Spectrum

Operation Wolf was by far the best game available on the Spectrum, although that has to be closely followed by Chase HQ – Chase HQ involved car chasing through what I assume was cityscapes like Miami and New York – you of course were the cops and I think you had to ram the baddies off the road – like I said though, this was all the way back in 199x so the finer details are lost somewhere in the mists of time!

Ocean Games one the Spectrum 128k

Both Chase HQ and Operation Wolf were available on Ocean games (whatever happened to them?) who seemed to have the video game market sewn up from 1988 to 1992.  It is possible to now download Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 emulators meaning you can play Operation Wolf on your modern day PC.

I’ve not got around to doing that and doubt that I will, but just seeing these old screenshots and that video footage is enough for me.

Operation Wolf on the Spectrum was extremely addictive but now seems worlds away from the games and consoles that are on the market in the 21st century.  Great memories though!

About the Author: As a child in the 1980s, Bob Teller dreamed of becoming a pilot.  He didn’t quite manage and instead ending up being a financial analyst and now typically writes for finance blogs.  Bob has recently reviewed the WSJ Weekend Edition – you can see his work on:

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