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Carrier Command

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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Macintosh
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ZX Spectrum
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2.6

User Reviews

3D strategy at it's peak on Atari ST Atari ST El_Freako (175)
Shame about the bugs! Amstrad CPC Colin Pearson (2)
One of the best early 3-D games DOS Susan Montgomery (1)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 16 3.4
Amstrad CPC 5 2.6
Atari ST 6 3.3
Commodore 64 6 2.6
DOS 11 3.4
Macintosh Awaiting 1 votes...
ZX Spectrum 5 2.6
Combined MobyScore 49 3.1


The Press Says

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100
Atari STAtari ST User
The only disappointment in the game is the sound. Although there's a superb sound track to accompany the title page, the effects in the game are few and far between. It's difficult to get across the full scale of this complex game in such a short review. The 3D graphics are amazing, and the action brilliantly executed. Combine this with the complex strategy element, and you've got a real winner.
98
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
To say that Carrier Command is complex is probably the understatement of the year. The game is rich in content and complexity and places demands on the player at all levels, from controlling a Manta through to keeping an entire network intact while fending off enemy attacks. Just playing the game for a brief few minutes is sufficient to grasp how much time and effort has been put into its design and programming - and as a piece of action it is no pushover, but then the best games never are. Carrier Command is a seminal game destined to change the state of software and, as such, ranks alongside such programs as Elite, Knight Lore, Flight Simulator 2, The Hobbit and many other classics.
97
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
The strategy/arcade action works very well, providing the same long-term challenge that kept ST owners burning the midnight oil. A minor quirk is that the game does not take advantage of the Amiga's extra colours. But Amiga Carrier Command offers as much depth and entertainment as on the Atari ST.
96
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
If you're keen on strategy/action games, you won't find one better than this: it takes time to get into, but is all the more rewarding for it. Carrier Command has an incredible amount of depth and long-term playability and should provide any serious gamesplayer with months of enjoyment.
96
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK)
The carrier's lasers have been toned down making the game considerably harder, even the gameplay has undergone slight tweaking in places which improves playability and the game's fluid running no end. And there's the time acceleration option which ST and Amiga owners were crying out for. Well defined, neatly shaded solid 3-D objects, faultless presentation and gameplay which betters its 16-bit counterparts makes Carrier Command as much of a breakthrough on the Spectrum as it was on the ST - if no more. Brilliant.
93
AmigaACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Carrier Command is a great blend of arcade and strategy action. The graphics are superb, but there's no noticeable difference between the graphics on the Amiga and the graphics on the ST. Sound is much better on the Amiga however. If you like to do a little thinking as well as shooting everything in sight, or you like a spot of blasting to break up all that strategic planning, Carrier Command could well be just your sort of game.
93
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The filled 3D graphics are superb, and the (few) sound effects are pleasant enough, but what really makes the game special is the amount of thought that has gone into it. Attention has been paid to every detail and the whole game structure hangs together well. Even the real time icon selection method works satisfactorily.
92
ZX SpectrumACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Carrier Command is that rare thing - a game that successfully blends exciting arcade game play with a serious cerebral challenge.
91
Atari STST Format
But the graphics aren't all the game's got going for it. The great strategy element means you're going to be playing this game long after your latest licence gathers durst on the shelf. However, if all you fancy is a quick blast, you can play the "Action Game" option. Either way this is a serious bargain and time hasn't weakened the sheer feel of this game. Of you don't own Carrier Command, go out and buy it now.
91
Atari STST Action
Awesome! This game has me searching for more superlatives each time I play it. The sheer size of the game makes me wonder how they managed to fit it onto one single-sided disk. The graphics are superb and very smooth in their movement. The detail with which everything is done is amazing. Take, for example, the fact that if you drive an AAV onto an island and set it spinning around its own axes, you can then take a Manta and fly down to the island and actually see the AAV rotating! That's what I call detail! As for the gameplay, I have literally spent days on this game and I reckon that it could be a month before I start to get really good. For action, strategy and value for money this has to be the best.
89
AmigaAmiga Power
[Budget re-release] Everything about Carrier Command is fab, and now it'll only cost you a tenner. I really shouldn't be having to tell you this, you know. Get out there and buy it.
87
DOSJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Die Vektorgrafik ist ein Traum, ungemein detailreich, realistisch und zudem ausgesprochen schnell. Der Sound paßt gut zur Atmosphäre, wie bei „Starglider 2“ liegt der Packung zusätzlich eine Musikkassete bei. Wer eine futuristische Flug- und Fahrsimulation mit strategischem Einschlag sucht, wird von Carrier Command auch heute noch begeistert sein!
86
Atari STJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Die Vektorgrafik ist ein Traum, ungemein detailreich, realistisch und zudem ausgesprochen schnell. Der Sound paßt gut zur Atmosphäre, wie bei „Starglider 2“ liegt der Packung zusätzlich eine Musikkassete bei. Wer eine futuristische Flug- und Fahrsimulation mit strategischem Einschlag sucht, wird von Carrier Command auch heute noch begeistert sein!
86
AmigaJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Die Vektorgrafik ist ein Traum, ungemein detailreich, realistisch und zudem ausgesprochen schnell. Der Sound paßt gut zur Atmosphäre, wie bei „Starglider 2“ liegt der Packung zusätzlich eine Musikkassete bei. Wer eine futuristische Flug- und Fahrsimulation mit strategischem Einschlag sucht, wird von Carrier Command auch heute noch begeistert sein!
85
AmigaST/Amiga Format
The gameplay of Amiga Carrier Command is a significant improvement over the ST version where the wait-states endured while the Epsilon travelled between islands were almost long enough for you to plot an entire Mandelbrot set in your head. The result is as conclusively brilliant in all departments as you're likely to encounter without 100 MHz chips and hi-def monitors.
84
AmigaPower Play
“Carrier Command“ gehört zu den besten Amiga- und ST-Spielen. Das spannende Programm mit der superschnellen 3D-Grafik zeigt, wie schön 16-Bit-Software sein kann.
82
AmigaAmiga Joker
Allgegenwärtiges Motorbrummen und vielfältige FX bilden zusammen mit der heißen Titelmusik eine atmosphärische Geräuschkulisse. Hi-Fi_Fans werden sich über die beigelegte Soundtrack-Kassette freuen, Knallfrösche über die Möglichkeit, einen Action-Modus anwählen zu können, und Sparfrohs über die Tatsache, daß es Carrier Command mittlerweile schon für 29 Märker gibt. Fazit: klassisches Spiel, klasse Preis – Sonderklasse!
80
Atari STThe One for ST Games
[Budget re-release] However, dedicated players will be rewarded with a long-term stretch of rivetting - and ultimately rewarding - action. Definitely one for those with a long attention span.
80
Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG)
As a game, it will not be everyone's cup of tea. The high degree of application and strategical planning will be needed before you even sniff victory. If this doesn't put you off, then Carrier Command should give you hours of sophisticated pleasure. If, on the other hand, you're not prepared to work for your play, then look elsewhere.
80
DOSPower Play
Nach gut einem Jahr kommt “Carrier Command“ endlich für PCs. Der Misch-Masch aus Simulation, Strategie und Actionspiel hat nichts von seinem Reiz verloren. Wer erst mal angefangen hat, mit Jets und Amphibienfahrzeugen Inseln zu erobern, kommt nicht mehr davon los.
80
Atari STPower Play
Carrier Command hat sicher einige Schönheitsfehler (Wartezeiten. kein Zwei-Spieler- Modus). doch insgesamt bin ich von dem Programm schwer beeindruckt. Das ist endlich mal wieder ein innovates Stück Software, das eine ganze Zeitlang spannende Unterhaltung garantiert
78
Atari STHappy Computer
Technisch hervorragendes Strategie-Action-Spiel mit super 3D-Grafik, aber auch spielerischen Längen; nur für geduldige Spieler.
67
Commodore 64Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Nur 2D-Grafik, tendiert mehr in Richtung Actionspiel.
66
Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK)
This was a 16-bit vector graphic strategy/simulation megagame, once upon a time. Then, it was a pretty damn good Spectrum game. Now... It's a plan view shoot-'em-up with a modicum of strategy. Control panels are dearly drawn, as are backgrounds, but they're plain and repetitive. Sprites are small and drab, sounds are few but functional.
50
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Carrier Command er kort fortalt et spill som omhandler ressurshåndtering og strategi. Vi husker spillet best som nokså vanskelig og "uforståelig" ved første øyekast, men forholdsvis underholdende. Spillet kom først til Amiga i 1988, og PC i 1989. Om du ikke har hørt om denne tittelen før, har du sjansen din her.
50
MacintoshComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Futuristic arcade game of carrier-air operations.
50
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Futuristic arcade game of carrier-air operations.
40
Atari STComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Carrier warfare in the 22nd century, to include air and sea options plus production and manufacturing of armaments. Although it combines arcade and strategy elements, it just never seemed to stand out from the crowd.
40
Commodore 64Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Carrier warfare in the 22nd century, to include air and sea options plus production and manufacturing of armaments. Although it combines arcade and strategy elements, it just never seemed to stand out from the crowd.