Airwolf: Acclaim (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1988
Developer: Beam Software
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This is for the game released in Europe and North America. For the Japanese Famicom version, see Airwolf (FC).

Airwolf is a flight sim game loosely based on the show of the same name. The player takes the role of Stringfellow Hawke, who controls the jet called Airwolf. The player must shoot other planes and rescue hostages.


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The title screen.

Airwolf - Nes - Airport.png

Finding the enemy airport.

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Enemy fighters ready for takeoff.

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Mayday mayday mayday.

Airwolf - Nes - Enemy.png

Almost... almost...

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Saving the POW.


There is only one song in the entire game and it only plays at the title and between the levels. Fortunately, the music is the theme song from the show. Like many other of Beam's titles from this era, the theme song is rendered at a sped-up tempo of 150BPM, possibly because this was the only tempo that earlier versions of Beam's sound driver supported. However, this isn't too far removed from the theme's correct tempo (130BPM), so it's less noticeable than in some of their other games.

The PAL version's music is much closer to the tempo of the original theme, and plays in the theme's original key of A. This is most likely how it was intended to sound, due to the game being developed in Australia, a country that uses the PAL format.


  1. PAL
  2. NTSC
# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
101 Airwolf Main Theme Sylvester LevayUnknownGregg Barnett 2:01
# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
201 Airwolf Main Theme Sylvester LevayUnknownGregg Barnett 1:42


(Game lacks credits.)

Gregg Barnett has been confirmed for programming the NYNTH sound driver. However, Gregg stated he didn't work on the game. Neil Brennan, Beam's earliest known composer, has also denied involvement with the game. It's possible Nigel Spencer did the arrangement, as he was a musician, but he didn't have any known audio credits for Beam Software.

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  UK.svg   UK
Title: Airwolf
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-??-??
Publisher: Acclaim
  USA.svg   USA
Title: Airwolf
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-06-??
Publisher: Acclaim