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Description

Carrier Command was one of the first real-time strategy games.

You control an advanced cybernetic aircraft carrier complete with fighters, amphibious assault vehicles, laser defenses and a fleet of decoy drones. Your mission is to build a series of resource, factory, and defensive bases spanning an island chain. The only problem? At the other end of the chain is an even more advanced carrier under control of a terrorist organization with the same mission.

As you move around the islands you must decide what facilities to build and where they will best support your advance. Resource islands provide materials that factory islands can use to build weapons and vehicles to replace your combat losses but both will be quickly overrun if the enemy attacks them while you are not present. You also have to ensure that your stockpiles of equipment are stored safely until you can find time to launch a resupply drone to bring them to your carrier.

From your carrier, you can take first person control of your attack aircraft and amphibious tanks and use them to assault enemy islands or even the enemy carrier itself if you're lucky enough to find it. The weapon payloads on your vehicles are completely configurable based on your needs. An island invasion may require launching a virus bomb that will take over the enemy command systems or just blasting the base with a wire guided surface to surface missile.

Ultimately, you have to find and destroy the enemy carrier but, doing so will require a solid supply infrastructure and a strategy for depriving your opponent of his.

Screenshots

Carrier Command Amiga An enemy island's command centre, after firing a virus bomb at it.
Carrier Command Amiga A new heading is picked for the carrier, as the Walrus docks.
Carrier Command Amiga The left is the command centre, destroying this makes the island neutral. On the right is an aircraft launching platform. Both out of range of the main gun sadly.
Carrier Command Amiga Title Screen, I usually go for Strategy.

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Oct, 1988 97 out of 100 97
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1988 927 out of 1000 93
Amiga Power May, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 86 out of 100 86
ST/Amiga Format Oct, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Oct, 1988 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Amiga Joker Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82
The One for Amiga Games May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Play Time Jun, 1991 76 out of 100 76

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Amiga and Atari ST versions of Carrier Command appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Atari ST version

On the Atari ST disc was a backup-program. You had to wait for the desktop to come on-screen before inserting the disc. The manual specifically commends to make a backup and play from that disc instead of from the original.

Also, the titlemusic would only load if you had a double-sided discdrive in your ST.

Music

The PC, Amiga and ZX Spectrum releases of Carrier Command came with a special bonus, a cassette tape with an extended stereo version of the theme song. It was called Just Another Mission and it was by Dave Lowe, sung by an anonymous female session singer.

The Atari ST and Amiga versions of the game included a short sampled rendition of Lowe's music as the theme tune. The 128K ZX Spectrums had AY chip music, but due to a bug it was not allowed to play all the way through, and so without downloading it the player cannot hear the full piece.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #15 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • ST Format
    • August 1991 (Issue #8) – #8 Top Atari ST Classic Games (Editorial staff vote)


Information also contributed by Ashley Pomery, El Freako and Mo
Kabushi (165413) added Carrier Command (Amiga) on Mar 28, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Rola (7766), ClydeFrog (10042), Kabushi (165413) and Martin Smith (62888)