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
  1. 85
    This is a rare case in which a budget minded title is actually of more merit than many full priced titles currently on the market.
  2. Entertaining stuff. Well worth a look for "Cannon Fodder" veterans. [Dec 2007, p.85]
  3. At first the game may seem to take away a little bit of control with the weapon lock-on, but in the heat of the battle you'll feel lucky that it has your back. [Oct 2007, p.89]
  4. Operation: Vietnam doesn't win any bravery medals for its concept, but it's a well-trained, impressively executed idea that hits all the necessary targets.
  5. It does, however, offer plenty of gameplay for your money, particularly with the inclusion of bonus levels that offer a slightly different challenge to the main game. My only complaint is in the lack of any multiplayer mode.
  6. For a budget title, Operation: Vietnam is a pleasant surprise.
  7. 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.
  8. 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]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 58
    As it stands it offers pretty good value. But when put alongside other games, it starts to look pretty tired.
  12. Majesco's portable shooter is a decent distraction, but not much more.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. There are 10 basic levels, plus a bunch of challenge-style bonus levels that can be unlocked if you can bear the plodding, outdated gameplay, unresponsive controls, uninteresting graphics, and average sound. Otherwise, frustration and boredom are likely to see Operation: Vietnam being traded in very quickly indeed.
  16. Maps are too long and slow-paced when they should be frenetic and bite-sized.
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 »