Dirty Harry (NES)

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Dirty Harry
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Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Gray Matter
Buy: Amazon

Dirty Harry (also known as 'Dirty Harry: The War Against Drugs') is a sidescrolling shooter game based on the movie Dirty Harry: The War Against Drugs. The box art is from the movie Dirty Harry: Sudden Impact. The player takes on the role as Harry Callahan (played by Clint Eastwood) who must stop a drug leader from distributing drugs. The game is known for it's not-so-good gameplay. One of the tortures in the game is a door you go into in the first level of the game, you are trapped in there and the door that leads out is replaced by 'Ha Ha Ha!' written in the wall.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Shooting enemies in the first level.

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The developers' little way of laughing at you.

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The start of the second level, the Warehouse.

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The last level, at Alcatraz.

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"Do you feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?"

Music

Two professional composers Steven Samler and Elliott Delman collaborated to write the music to Dirty Harry. None of the music is from the movie. In the game's credits, Elliott's name is misspelled calling him 'Elliot Delman', however the composers names are on the back of the game's box (which is the only game to do that) and Elliott's name is spelled correctly. According to Steven Samler, the game's soundtrack was composed in Performer. All the music is written at a tempo of 150 BPM.

Elliott Delman said the authoring line was blurred since the way they would compose would be independent, dependent, and sometimes they would pass ideas to each other and compose a song together.

Nick Eastridge, another video game musician is credited under the Special Thanks list. He coded the audio driver and MIDI conversion tool that would convert Steven and Elliott's MIDI files to the NES. All the instruments in the game use the hardware decay instruments, which was common in most early NES games. Steven and Elliott said they had nothing to do with designing the audio driver.

Aside from music, the game also has a couple of high quality PCM voices from the movie. When the player turns on the game, they are greeted by Harry's famous line, "Go ahead, make my day." After the player finishes off the final boss, Harry says his famous "Do you feel lucky?" speech.

The game also features an unused song. It was probably meant for the Game Over music, but the Game Over screen has no music.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 0:28
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02 Password Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 1:40
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03 Streets Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 1:46
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04 Building Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 1:27
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05 Sewer Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 1:43
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06 Woman Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 1:27
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07 Dock Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 1:52
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08 Alcatraz Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 1:21
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09 Boss Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 1:52
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10 Unknown 1 Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 0:22
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11 Radio Man (Unknown 2) Steven Samler, Elliott DelmanNick Eastridge 0:06
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Credits

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Releases

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Title: Dirty Harry
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-12-??
Publisher: Mindscape, Inc.

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