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M1 Tank Platoon (DOS)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
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Description

A very encompassing game that allowed players to issue orders to Tanks, AA units, Aircraft, Artillery and Infantry in a campaign against Warsaw Pact units in Europe, while specifically controlling a platoon of 4 M1 tanks. The player could jump into the position of the driver, gunner or commander of any of the tanks to view the world from a 1st person perspective, or work from a tactical map to command all his forces. Characters in the M1 platoon actually increased in skill as they survived battles.

Screenshots

M1 Tank Platoon DOS Tank platoon (MCGA/VGA)
M1 Tank Platoon DOS Main menu (MCGA/VGA)
M1 Tank Platoon DOS Mission Briefing with map (CGA)
M1 Tank Platoon DOS Situation report (MCGA/VGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "M-1 Tank Platoon" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

An underappreciated classic with innovations that were way ahead of its time. Afterburner (477) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Revolutionary! B Jones (14) unrated
Clang Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated

The Press Says

Dragon Feb, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 89 out of 100 89
Power Play Oct, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

Graphics

Around Desert Storm, MicroProse released a "bundle" called "Allied Forces, which contains Gunship and M1 Tank Platoon, but with a patch to make the terrain yellow/brown like Kuwait instead of the "green" of Europe.

Troops

You don't just control your own platoon of 4 tanks. Sometimes additional forces will be assigned to you, anything from infantry (Bradley IFVs and M-113 APCs) and missile carriers (ITV-improved TOW vehicle) to A-10 or helicopter support. Sometimes you may even see some M-60 tanks assigned to you! Artillery is also available on call depending on what's available (HE, smoke, etc.).

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #5 Best Simulation Game in 1990
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1991 (Issue #88) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • September 1990 (Issue #74) - Simulation Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #32 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Simuation in 1989
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz and PCGamer77
Jeff Sinasac (315) added M1 Tank Platoon (DOS) on May 27, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63168) and Terok Nor (18323)