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Airborne Ranger

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
...
3.8
Amstrad CPC
...
4.0
Commodore 64
78
3.8
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Description

In this action/simulation game by Microprose the player takes the role of an U.S. Army airborne ranger. These Airborne rangers are dropped behind enemy lines by parachute to perform all kinds of dangerous missions. Gameplay consists of 3 phases:
  1. Reading the mission briefing and outfitting 3 supply pods with machine gun ammo, time bombs, first-aid kits, grenades & LAW rockets depending on this briefing.
  2. Flying over the mission map in a V-22 Osprey plane to drop your 3 supply pods and parachuting out of the plane yourself.
  3. Performing the actual missions and reaching the pick-up point before time runs out. There are 12 different missions which include capturing an enemy officer, blowing up an ammunition depot, photographing an experimental aircraft and liberating P.O.W.'s
Missions take place in either an arctic, desert or temperate setting. Using the mission map the player must decide the route towards the mission objective. This might require them to crawl through trenches, run around minefields or take out enemy soldiers and bunkers. Airborne Ranger was one of the first games with some missions that required a stealthy approach (staying undetected until a certain time, taking out a guard and stealing an enemy uniform etc.).

Airborne Ranger can be played in practice or veteran mode. In practice mode, gameplay is limited to a single mission, while in veteran mode, a series of missions or an entire campaign is played in order to earn medals & promotions. All missions can be played on several difficulty levels.

Screenshots

Airborne Ranger DOS Pick up after a succesful mission.
Airborne Ranger DOS Mission failed. But hey I still killed 79 enemy soldiers. I thought this was a stealth game.
Airborne Ranger DOS A mission briefing
Airborne Ranger DOS Title screen (CGA Original)

Alternate Titles

  • "Airborne Ranger: The Action-Simulation" -- UK tag-lined title

User Reviews

I wanna be an Airborne Ranger! I wanna live a life of danger! DOS Roedie (5226)
Amazing how good the older games were DOS Terrence Bosky (5235)
The earliest tactical shooter still holds up today DOS Kasey Chang (3654)
Great Arcade Action DOS William Shawn McDonie (1152)

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Jun, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Atari ST User Atari ST Jul, 1989 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Video Game Critic Commodore 64 Oct 28, 2011 B+ 83
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Mar, 1989 748 out of 1000 75
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 535 out of 1000 54

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Trivia

Manual

The manual includes a large overview of the history of the rangers (from the American War of Independence until Vietnam) and detailed information about ranger training, weapons and equipment.
Contributed to by NGC 5194 (17258), Kabushi (121016), Martin Smith (63168) and SebastianLi (46)