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Set the skies aflame in the most nimble and deadly 'copter, ever! James Taplin (3) unrated

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Add one part Novalogic Comanche, one part MicroProse Gunship 2000, toss in a sophisticated flight model, sprinkle with awesome SVGA graphics, and finish it off with lots of addicting and adrenaline-pumping fun. Apache is like no other chopper simulation.
High Score (Feb, 1996)
Apache Longbow är förmodligen enda chansen för oss vanliga dödliga att få flyga denna avancerade helikopter. Den kräver dock rejält med datorkraft: minst en 486 och dessutom en avancerad joystick. Då är Apache Longbow ett rejät lyft i förhållande till alla tidigare helikoptersimulatorer.
PC Zone (Oct, 1995)
The best helicopter sim around;although Comanche looks better, nothing comes close to matching the mixture of spot on handling, tactics, networking and atmosphere.
PC Gamer (Oct, 1995)
Terrific flight model; countless options and missions; great gameplay. Explosion graphics could be more impressive. A flight game with broad appeal: Everyone from arcade players to sim hounds should delight in it.
GameSpot (May 01, 1996)
Whether you're a serious armchair pilot or an arcade maniac who likes to blow the hell out of anything and everything in existence, Apache is the game for you.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct, 1995)
Als enig minpunt zie ik momenteel een beperkt aantal missies, maar ik vermoed dat er al wel ergens een datadisk in voorbereiding zal zijn om dit tekort aan te vullen. Onze hoofdredacteur krijgt dit exemplaar van Apache Longbow in ieder geval niet meer terug !
My complaints for this game are indeed few. I would have liked a bit more variation in the terrain, with Cyprus seeming almost identical to Korea to me. The other scenario, Yemen, was good but it takes a while to master landing on the ships after the mission. Also, the joystick did not seem to work at all for me. I have had trouble in the past with my Gravis Ultrasound joystick port, so I do not place the blame on Interactive Magic. I still love the game playing with the keyboard. However, if I had a gameport that worked and a throttle as well as my joystick, I would be in absolute heaven. This is simply the best helicopter simulator out so far, however I have yet to see the new crop of helicopter sims coming out. Most notable of these are Hind, from the same company as Apache, and another Apache sim from Origin. These new games would be hard pressed to beat Apache, and in the meantime it's a great buy.
I have always been really interested in flight simulators, but I was never really impressed enough to spend the time that a game of this genre deserves. I have to admit, I really took a liking to Apache right from the first mission. There are a lot of games that try to brag about what new technology was used to develop (the game and how good it is). Apache will sell itself on pure gameplay, realism and enjoyment. A great game overall.
PC Joker (Sep, 1995)
Solide Technik, interessantes Missionsdesign und innovatives Gameplay verbinden sich hier also zu einem echten Höhenflug und machen Apache Longbow zum neuen Häuptling der Heli-Simulatoren!
Power Play (Sep, 1995)
Endlich wurde mein Flehen um eine State Of The Art Heli-Simulation erhört! Apache Longbow fliegt die (zugegebenermaßen reichlich angestaubte) Hubschrauber-Konkurrenz in Grund und Boden. Der geniale Missions-Planungsscreen. die coolen Kommentare Eures Bordschützen und nicht zuletzt das hyperrealistische Flugverhalten, fesseln den Spieler von Anfang an in den Pilotensitz des fliegenden Winnetous. Durch den Instant-Action-Arcade-Modus führen die Briten auch Spieler an das Thema heran, denen das Setzen von Waypoints und die Auswahl der Bewaffnung ein Greuel ist. Hier heißt es einfach: Ballern, was das Zeug hält, Im Multi-Player-Mode schließlich entwickelt sich Apache zum absoluten Arbeitszeit-Killer. Während der heißen Gefechte Redakteur gegen Redakteur, geriet manches Mal das Schreiben in Vergessenheit und Freundschaften gingen (fast) in die Brüche.
Macken gibt's nur im Detail: Der fetzige Soundtrack wird als ellenlange "Raw"-Datei von der CD gespielt und führt zu Ladezeiten von mehreren Minuten pro Mission. Hier hilft nur das Abschalten der Musik - schade. Außerdem hätte man die Grafik mit mehr Texturen aufpäppeln können; die 3D-Welt von Apache wirkt etwas steril.
Score (Aug, 1995)
Nejlepší simulátor bojového vrtulníku k dnešnímu dni. Více než 60 misí, strhující a plynulá SVGA grafika, náročnost od nejsnadnější po zcela realistickou - co více si přát?
APACHE is clearly targeted for the “hard core” realism audience with significant emphasis on weapons, avionics, and flying. Like all simulations, Apache has some errors and concessions in the flight model; however, it generally gives a very good representation of helicopter flight. The game has excellent multiplayer options, including the ability to let two players fly together as a single Apache crew. While it may not qualify you to fly a real AH-64, it gives a better sensation of helicopter flight than any of its predecessors.
PC Games (Germany) (Sep, 1995)
Mit Apache Longbow zeigt erstmals ein Softwarehaus eine SuperVGA-Grafik in ausreichender Geschwindigkeit. Mehr Innovationen konnte ich dem Spiel nicht entlocken, weder der Action- noch der Missionsteil kann in irgendeinem Bereich neue Akzente setzen.
I really hesitate giving Apache an overall rating of a 3. Had the modem play or TADS worked better, I would have certainly given it a 4. I still look forward to flying against multiple opponents at our next network party and I will continue to test Apache with Kali. Kali (check out my Multiplayer Mayhem column for more info) may support more than 2 players with Apache especially if used over a direct Internet Connection. Enjoy Apache and make sure you check it out in realistic mode. It's a BLAST!