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Storm Over The Desert is the thirty sixth game of the NES version of Action 52.


'Storm Over the Desert' is a shooter game in which you play as an American tank in what is supposed to be the Middle-East. It is one of those games in 'Action 52' where you cannot lose, die, or be damaged at all. For this reason, the gameplay is very basic as it just involves the destruction of all the enemies on screen without any form of penalty to the player.

If you touch an enemy in this game, like a tank or a soldier, instead of shooting them, they will literally explode without inflicting any damage. Sometimes it is easier to purposefully 'crash' into enemies rather than shooting them for this reason. Saddam Hussein, who appears randomly on the game map after some time, also disappears when touched and actually gives an extra life for the player.

Manual description[]


Using your tanks you must avoid the mine fields set by the evil army of Satán Hosain. The evil Satán's army of soldiers will kill you or die trying.


  • Saddam Hussein appears on the title screen and was also re-used as an enemy in 'Cheetahmen'.
  • Saddam was a notorious president of Iraq who was known mainly for his opposition of the United States and the Western World, as well as aggressive regional policy. That might be the reason why he was used as a boss-type enemy figure in this game.
  • The game's title might be a reference to 'Operation: Desert Storm' from the Gulf War. 'Operation: Desert Storm' was a war led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1991 ('Action 52' was also released later that year).
  • The Sega Genesis version of 'Action 52' features a game that is considered the Genesis counterpart to 'Storm Over the Desert' called 'Norman'. Unlike 'Storm Over the Desert', in 'Norman' you're not invincible and can actually die.
  • This is one of three Action 52 games that has a title screen.
  • On the later levels, enemies become insanely fast, making them nigh-impossible to hit.
  • Going all the way to the edge of the screen and shooting will make the shoot appear on the opposite side.
  • The Action 52 OWNZ offered a remake for this game, where the player controls 4 tanks in a formation as opposed to one, and has to kill enemy tanks, soldiers, and giant Satán Hosains. Instead of lives, the player has money (to purchase new tanks), and the Game Over screen features a nice Zelda-related Easter Egg.


Storm over the desert

Saddam Hussein appears!