Operation: Vietnam DS

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
Buy On
  1. For a budget title, Operation: Vietnam is a pleasant surprise.
  2. A slightly slow, single-player only arcade shooter. It has ten levels (plus ten bonus missions), above average graphics for a DS game, and a decent auto-aim that can't quite compensate for the fact that you can't strafe, and thus spend a lot of time running directly into enemy fire.
  3. Nintendo Gamer
    70
    An enjoyable little blast through the sweaty jungles of Vietnam, with a gung-ho storyline and knowingly cheesy, Rambo-esque phrases. [Dec 2007, p.69]
  4. The presentation shines, from the clean visuals to the seamless in-game hints and banter. Even the missions themselves are named after songs appropriate to the era, such as “Bad Moon Rising” and “Break on Through”. You don’t often see a budget DS action title that is “understated” or “cool” in any way, but I have to give it props on both counts.
  5. The game does a pretty good job of delivering a play style reminiscent of classic top-down action games, and the addition of fun bonus missions is, well… a bonus.
  6. 58
    As it stands it offers pretty good value. But when put alongside other games, it starts to look pretty tired.
  7. Majesco's portable shooter is a decent distraction, but not much more.
  8. 55
    The concept of a squad-based action/shooter done in a style similar to some of the older classics like Contra and Ikari Warriors is a fair one, but the frustrations of control and the indistinct visuals take away any potential there might have been. What you're left with is a game that's just mediocre – but the foundation is there.
  9. Indeed worth $20 for fans of classic top-down shooters. It's certainly frustrating and is a bit on the short side, but it does provide some fun moments and some shining points that make it worth noticing.

Awards & Rankings

#96 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. freeBug
    Aug 21, 2007
    9
    I got this game after playing Killzone. I was looking for another isometric 3d shooter and this game is FUN. Its not historically accurate, I got this game after playing Killzone. I was looking for another isometric 3d shooter and this game is FUN. Its not historically accurate, its a shooter and the missions are challenging. This game won't disappoint given its price of only $20.00. Awesome. Its a keeper. Full Review »
  2. DaveP.
    Aug 17, 2007
    9
    This is great fun - takes a while to get going (1st level is a bit slow) but then the action really kicks off. Brings back happy memories of This is great fun - takes a while to get going (1st level is a bit slow) but then the action really kicks off. Brings back happy memories of Cannon fodder and the like. Full Review »