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Airborne Ranger (Commodore 64)

Genre
Perspective
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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 Commodore 64 Title screen
Airborne Ranger Commodore 64 Mission selection
Airborne Ranger Commodore 64 Seek cover where you can..
Airborne Ranger Commodore 64 In the ditch

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1990 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Video Game Critic Oct 28, 2011 B+ 83
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1988 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1988 801 out of 1000 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1987 9.25 out of 12 77
Zzap! Jan, 1987 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Dec, 1987 7 out of 10 70
Datormagazin Feb, 1988 2.7 out of 5 54
Zzap! May, 1992 39 out of 100 39

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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.

Awards

  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #97 “Readers' Top 100”

NGC 5194 (17309) added Airborne Ranger (Commodore 64) on Apr 17, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (127053), Martin Smith (63136) and SebastianLi (46)