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Airborne Ranger

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
...
2.8
DOS
...
3.8
Atari ST
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2.1

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 (5234)
The earliest tactical shooter still holds up today DOS Kasey Chang (3653)
Great Arcade Action DOS William Shawn McDonie (1092)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 4 2.8
Amstrad CPC 1 4.0
Atari ST 3 2.1
Commodore 64 12 3.8
DOS 28 3.8
ZX Spectrum 3 3.8
Combined MobyScore 51 3.6


The Press Says

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90
Atari STAtari ST User
The graphics are good, if not outstanding, the sound effects realistic and the gameplay truly addictive. My only criticisms concern the small size of the sprites and the initially difficult play - it took me 10 minutes to get to the first trench! That aside, this is one I can wholeheartedly recommend.
90
AmigaComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Contemporary Ranger operations in a semiarcade mode. Yet it is fun and it works. Challenging to both adults and children; recommended for a diversion from the more serious simulations. It remains on the author's hard drive.
90
Commodore 64Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Contemporary Ranger operations in a semiarcade mode. Yet it is fun and it works. Challenging to both adults and children; recommended for a diversion from the more serious simulations. It remains on the author's hard drive.
90
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Contemporary Ranger operations in a semiarcade mode. Yet it is fun and it works. Challenging to both adults and children; recommended for a diversion from the more serious simulations. It remains on the author's hard drive.
90
Commodore 64All Game Guide
Airborne Ranger could benefit from some more missions. While 12 is a fair number, they can be completed in a short time. However, you will want to replay them in order to move up the ranks. With creative missions, well-designed controls, and interesting game play Airborne Ranger is a highly enjoyable game.
83
Commodore 64The Video Game Critic
Airborne Ranger allows each of us to bring out our inner Rambo from the safety of our easy chair (while warming our feet on the Commodore power brick). Best described as a "thinking man's Commando", you control the actions of a soldier working his way up a map. You take out enemies (or avoid them) until you complete your mission and meet the Osprey helicopter at a predetermined pickup point. There are 12 missions to embark on, and you can select either a practice or veteran Ranger.
82
Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK)
Airborne Ranger has similarities to the coin-op Commando in its graphics and playability. The good use of colour, effective sound, neatly defined and nicely animated sprites provide a highly realistic atmosphere. The gameplay may seem repetitive from time to time, but the variety of tasks to be performed and tactics to use give the game considerable depth. You may find the missions are not too difficult to complete, but the game itself is playable, a challenge, and has a lot more scope than your average shoot- 'em-up.
80
Commodore 64ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Ranger boasts some crisp and colourful graphics, the gameplay is tough to get to grips with but does become easier with practice. The ability to save positions and character qualities means you can volunteer to fight a campaign and hope to get your character promoted to Colonel. You'll find yourself in some pretty tight spots which require a quick trigger finger, while at other times you'll need to think on your feet and work out your plans very precisely.
78
DOSThe Games Machine (UK)
Airborne is a move away from the simulation side of MicroProse releases but is still a step above the normal Rambo/Commando style of shoot-'em-up. An effective combination which should attract those looking for a thought-provoking action game.
77
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Zur Ausführung des Spieles kann man sagen, daß es rundherum gelungen ist. Besonders die Grafik ist gut, da manchmal plastische Effekte auftreten. Der Sound begleitet die Handlung auf einfache, aber realistische Weise. Die Spielmotivation ist besonders hoch, bedingt durch die Anzahl der Missionen, die man in ihrem Schwierigkeitsgrad verändern kann. Bleibt noch zu sagen: Wer diesen Spielinhalt mit seinem Gewissen vereinbaren kann, kann es auf jeden Fall kaufen!
77
Atari STPower Play
Wer Action mit Anspruch mag, sollte schleunigst das Messer wetzen und sich das Spiel kaufen. Zart besaitete Naturen und Alptraumgefährdete sollten allerdings vor dem Kauf probespielen, denn im Spiel geht‘s nicht gerade zimperlich zu.
75
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Graphics are merely average on EGA and work downwards through the standards; however, sound has been used reasonably well. The original C64 gameplay remains intact - although a touch slower - but scrolling is juddery and the gameplay is starting to show its age a little.
73
Commodore 64Zzap!
Neither the graphics or sound are particularly outstanding, but the gameplay has plenty of depth, and there are many subtle touches that are only discovered after hours of play. The big drawback is the ludicrously high price tag - if Airborne Ranger was a tenner, I'd recommend it.
73
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK)
Airborne is a move away from the simulation side of MicroProse releases but is still a step above the normal Rambo III/Commando style of shoot-'em-up. An effective combination which should attract those looking for a thought-provoking action game.
70
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
Despite the smooth-scrolling play area, and due to the over-use of colour, much of the gritty realism and atmosphere found in the 64 and PC versions is lost - however, the central premise of combining tactical and arcade skills goes some way to compensating this. An acceptable conversion.
70
Commodore 64Power Play
Ich habe 291 Soldaten gelötet, 30 MG-Nester ausgehoben und 18 militärische Einrichtungen in die Luft gesprengt, Nicht schlecht als Ergebnis eines Tages, aber friedfertig ist das nicht gerade. Hier wird nach meinem Geschmack zu viel gekillt. Wenn man mal von dem kriegerischen Inhalt absieht, spielt sich Airborne Ranger gut. Es ist eine Mischung aus Action und Strategie. die für viel Spannung und fast filmreife Situationen sorgt. Wer seine Mission schaffen will, muß viel Taktik anwenden und darf nicht kopflos drauflosstürmen. Wer also keine moralischen Skrupel hat, wird mit Airbome Ranger gut bedient.
70
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
The graphics are small and insignificant, your man runs about as an untidy collection of pixels. The playing area is a small rectangle in the centre of the screen, so the scrolling is smooth and easy. The sound is brusque, a couple of beeps and you'd be lucky. The way your character can interact with the landscape is quite impressive though. He can dive into trenches, crawling about in the dirt and even take cover behind rocks and trees. The large amount of missions adds to the staying power of the game, but - and this is a big fat ugly but - when you die (and this happens quite frequently) you have to reload the whole level again! Aaarghhhh! It's disgusting, foul, diabolical - aarghhh it's the pits!! But if you ignore this detrimental gameplay draining feature, then you've got an attempt to combine shoot 'em up with strategy - and it only half works.
60
Amstrad CPCThe Games Machine (UK)
This is much the same as the Spectrum version although the four colours in Mode 1 are rather garishly implemented and the sound is limited to standard CPC spot effects. The strategic element is in keeping with MicroProse's previous games and assures considerably depth of gameplay, but the overall presentation has taken quite a battering.
54
Commodore 64Datormagazin
Min uppfattning om det här spelet är väl inte den bästa. Grafiken är ryckig och fyrkantig, och ljudet är mycket intetsägande. Spelet i sig kan dessutom bli lite långtråkigt. I och för sig finns det många överraskningar och svårighetsgraden är helt lagom. Dessutom lönar det sig att vara taktisk och inte bara springa och skjuta.
54
ZX SpectrumACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The small monochrome display leaves a lot to be desired, and the unintelligent game structure and loading system mean that each mission has to be reloaded - even when wanting to replay the same one. Impatient cassette owners should really steer clear.
39
Commodore 64Zzap!
When you eventually get to play the game proper you'll find a rather groovy strategy shoot-'em-up, but by then you'll be too peed off to care. Scoring 73% in Issue 33, I can only assume they were reviewing the disk version - on tape it's a disaster!