For detailed information about this series, see: Operation Wolf at Wikipedia

Operation Wolf is a series of rail shooter videogames created by Taito. The arcade versions of the game are controlled through gun-shaped optical controllers.


A screenshot from Operation Wolf.

The series consists of four games:

  • Operation Wolf (1987), Arcade. Later ported to ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX2, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Sega Master System, Atari ST, FM Towns, PC Engine, Amiga, and the NES version was re-released on Wii Virtual Console.
  • Operation Thunderbolt (1988), Arcade. Later ported to Amstrad GX4000, Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad CPC+, ZX Spectrum, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, Atari ST and SNES.
  • Operation Wolf 3 (1994), Arcade.
  • Operation Tiger (1998), Arcade.

The first two games have a war-themed setting, and the player takes control of Special Forces Operative Roy Adams, with the second game introducing the second player character Hardy Jones. The SNES version of Operation Thunderbolt however has six selectable original characters.

The third game has a urban setting, with players taking control of special agents codenamed Hornet and Queen Bee, against the terrorist organization known as SKULL.

The fourth game once again features a war setting, but stars new soldier characters.

Links to other series

Direction Series Date Description Type

5Arrow R Cameltry1989 1989The player's ball in Cameltry can be changed to the head of Roy Adams from Operation Wolf.2

5Arrow R Palamedes1990 1990Roy Adams from Operation Wolf makes a cameo in "Tournament Mode" of Palamedes.1

5Arrow R Quiz Quest1991 1991Roy Adams from Operation Wolf is pictured in Quiz Quest: Hime to Yuusha no Monogatari.2

5Arrow R Kyuukyoku Harikiri Stadium19940812 August 12, 1994One of the players in the "Taito Planets" team from Super Kyuukyoku Harikiri Stadium 2 is named "Opesan", after Operation Thunderbolt.3

4Arrow L Super Scope199410 October 1994The SNES version of Operation Thunderbolt is compatible with the Super Scope.3

5Arrow R Taito Legends20051014 October 14, 2005Operation Wolf and Operation Thunderbolt are included in Taito Legends.2

5Arrow R Taito Memories20070125 January 25, 2007Operation Thunderbolt is included in Taito Memories II Joukan, while Operation Wolf is included in Taito Memories II Gekan.2