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Gunship

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
81
4.0
Amiga
76
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ZX Spectrum
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User Reviews

I hate simulation games...but there's always an exception! DOS Indra is here (19705)
Once upon a time DOS Ashley Pomeroy (233)
A breakthough game for the PC DOS Tony Van (2688)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 9 3.9
Amstrad CPC 4 4.3
Atari ST 7 4.0
Commodore 64 10 3.9
DOS 19 3.8
FM Towns 3 4.2
MSX 2 4.5
PC-88 Awaiting 1 votes...
PC-98 3 4.2
Sharp X68000 1 4.0
ZX Spectrum 4 3.9
Combined MobyScore 62 3.9


The Press Says

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100
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
These are people now who believe that the attack helicopter is the weapon of the future, eventually to replace the tank altogether. The US Army says that, should it ever come to war, it expects the Apache to kill fourteen tanks for each helicopter lost. Gunship is about as close as you will ever get to finding out if that is true. It comes with my highest recommendation.
93
Commodore 64Computer Gamer
Congratulations to Microprose for turning a much maligned format into an incredibly addictive game.
92
Commodore 64Commodore Force
So the actual flying is very good but the way it's implemented into the games framework really makes it a hit. A real buzz of satisfaction is gained from being awarded a prestigious medal or that elusive promotion. Not to be missed.
90
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Excellent graphics, involving simulation and a variety of missions make this one of the best PC games in a long while. Piloting your 'copter around in order to zap various gooks may not be terribly tasteful - but if you can bear the politics you should have a lot of fun.
90
Atari STAtari ST User
Flying a chopper makes a refreshing change from the standard flight simulator. I've never flown a real helicopter, but this program is certainly everything I imagine one would be like. The controls can be a bit overwhelming at first, but you soon get used to it. It gets the thumbs up from me.
90
Commodore 64All Game Guide
If you enjoy realistic helicopter simulations then this is the game you want. Challenging combat and many options has Gunship flying to the top of the pack.
90
Commodore 64Commodore User
I'm afraid I'm going to have to eat my words. In my last review I said Tomahawk was the best helicopter sim I'd ever seen. Well, Gunship is even better.
89
AmigaCU Amiga
The design of the game is identical in every detail to the 64 version, right down to the loading sequence. The missions follow along the same lines, the five areas you fly over are identical. What you have here is the same brilliant game, but adapted to suit an Amiga, with better sound, graphics and playability. So who can complain?
89
Amstrad CPCACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The all-American bomb 'n' blast helicopter sim makes it onto the CPC in style. Almost everything's there except for the medal presentations. The graphics are great, the action's manic at times and all things considered, the game's probably the best helicopter combat simulator available for the Amstrad.
88
Commodore 64Happy Computer
Gunship ist die beste und komplexeste Hubschrauber-Simulatin, die ich bisher gespielt habe. Von "Tomahawk" bin ich ein etwas eleganteres Fluggefühl gewohnt, doch man gewöhnt sich sehr schnell daran, daß alles nicht so schnell, dafür aber sehr zielstrebig vor sich geht. Beim Spielwert einer Kampfhubschrauber-Simulation muß man gespaltener Meinung sein, denn es gibt wahrhaft friedlichere Spiele als Gunship. Für mich steht aber hier die Beherrschung des Geräts im Vordergrund und nicht das Töten von Menschen. Trotz des militärischen Inhalts ist für meinen Geschmack alles abstrakt genug, um zu verdeutlichen, daß alles nur eine Simulation ist, die nicht mit der Wirklichkeit verwechselt werden darf.
87
AmigaAmiga Format
Gunship has plenty going for it: the missions are numerous and varied and it is high on lasting interest. The politics are dodgy, but if you are not worried about zapping gooks you will find the game entertaining, challenging and packed with action.
87
Commodore 6464'er
Disketten-Laufwerks-Besitzer werden jedoch sicherlich Gunship bevorzugen, das dank besserer Grafik und größerer Vielseitigkeit als Testsieger gelten darf.
86
Commodore 64Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Das Fliegen selbst ist so realistisch, wie man es sich nur wünschen kann - beispielsweise erlebt man beim Abfeuern von Raketen einen leichten Rückstoß. Auch Beschädigungen wirken sich immer anders aus, je nachdem, an welcher Stelle es den Apache erwischt hat. Sobald man wieder sicher auf einem Heimatflughafen gelandet ist, wird die Mission ausgewertet — erfolgreichen Kampfpiloten winken Orden und Beförderungen. Die Grafik ist je nach System annehmbar gut, der Sound „erträglich“. Die Steuerung mit Joystick oder (auf Amiga und ST) Maus klappt tadellos, trotz der dicht belegten Tastatur. Zieht man jetzt noch das hervorragende Handbuch mit den (systemspezifischen) Tastaturschablonen ins Kalkül, so bleibt eine absolute Spitzensimulation!
86
Atari STJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Das Fliegen selbst ist so realistisch, wie man es sich nur wünschen kann - beispielsweise erlebt man beim Abfeuern von Raketen einen leichten Rückstoß. Auch Beschädigungen wirken sich immer anders aus, je nachdem, an welcher Stelle es den Apache erwischt hat. Sobald man wieder sicher auf einem Heimatflughafen gelandet ist, wird die Mission ausgewertet — erfolgreichen Kampfpiloten winken Orden und Beförderungen. Die Grafik ist je nach System annehmbar gut, der Sound „erträglich“. Die Steuerung mit Joystick oder (auf Amiga und ST) Maus klappt tadellos, trotz der dicht belegten Tastatur. Zieht man jetzt noch das hervorragende Handbuch mit den (systemspezifischen) Tastaturschablonen ins Kalkül, so bleibt eine absolute Spitzensimulation!
86
AmigaJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Das Fliegen selbst ist so realistisch, wie man es sich nur wünschen kann - beispielsweise erlebt man beim Abfeuern von Raketen einen leichten Rückstoß. Auch Beschädigungen wirken sich immer anders aus, je nachdem, an welcher Stelle es den Apache erwischt hat. Sobald man wieder sicher auf einem Heimatflughafen gelandet ist, wird die Mission ausgewertet — erfolgreichen Kampfpiloten winken Orden und Beförderungen. Die Grafik ist je nach System annehmbar gut, der Sound „erträglich“. Die Steuerung mit Joystick oder (auf Amiga und ST) Maus klappt tadellos, trotz der dicht belegten Tastatur. Zieht man jetzt noch das hervorragende Handbuch mit den (systemspezifischen) Tastaturschablonen ins Kalkül, so bleibt eine absolute Spitzensimulation!
86
DOSJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Das Fliegen selbst ist so realistisch, wie man es sich nur wünschen kann - beispielsweise erlebt man beim Abfeuern von Raketen einen leichten Rückstoß. Auch Beschädigungen wirken sich immer anders aus, je nachdem, an welcher Stelle es den Apache erwischt hat. Sobald man wieder sicher auf einem Heimatflughafen gelandet ist, wird die Mission ausgewertet — erfolgreichen Kampfpiloten winken Orden und Beförderungen. Die Grafik ist je nach System annehmbar gut, der Sound „erträglich“. Die Steuerung mit Joystick oder (auf Amiga und ST) Maus klappt tadellos, trotz der dicht belegten Tastatur. Zieht man jetzt noch das hervorragende Handbuch mit den (systemspezifischen) Tastaturschablonen ins Kalkül, so bleibt eine absolute Spitzensimulation!
85
Commodore 64Tilt
Un produit vraiment très rentable si l'on considère toutes les missions proposées... Une aventure qui n'est pas prête, en tout cas, de vous décevoir !
85
Atari STPower Play
Letztes Wochenende habe ich mehrere Stunden lang Gunship auf dem Atari ST gespielt und mir dann nochmal die C64-Version angesehen. Und die kam mir dann irgendwie schäbig vor, obwohl Gunship eine der schnellsten und besten Flugsimulationen für den C 64 ist. Die schnelle 3D-Grafik der ST-Version sowie die klarere Darstellung schaffen ein viel besseres Fluggefühl, als ich es gewohnt war. Lediglich der Sound ist nicht so gut wie auf dem C64. Der einzige Haken an Gunship ist ein inhaltlicher: Ohne Schießen geht hier nichts. Wer nur mal eine gemütliche Runde mit einem Hubschrauber drehen will, muß sich eine friedlichere Simulation suchen.
85
AmigaPower Play
Die Grafik ist leider ein klein wenig langsamer als auf dem Atari ST, trotzdem wird das hervorragende Fluggefühl dadurch nicht geschmälert. Der Sound, der bei der Atari-Version doch noch recht schlapp war, ist für die Amiga-Fassung gehörig aufgepeppt worden. Hier hört sich Motorbrummen wenigstens nach Hubschrauber an und nicht nach einem verkappten Rasenmäher. Gunship ist auf alle Fälle ein Muß für alle Simulationsfans.
83
Atari STST Action
I had doubts about the realism in F15 Strike Eagle, but have no such reservations about Gunship. Additionally, the jerky scrolling has been ironed out, the terrain has far more variation and undulation and the confusion with the numerous key functions has been satisfactorily rectified with the keyboard overlay. To say that Microprose know their subject is an understatement, for they have claimed the field of military simulations as their own. Without doubt, Gunship is their most thorough and realistic simulation to date and, as a result, the element of entertainment has been enhanced rather than sacrificed.
81
Amstrad CPCThe Games Machine (UK)
A wealth of information is available, as ever, from the detailed MicroProse manual, and gameplay is easily as good as the Commodore 64/128 version. All in all, an absorbing and challenging combat simulation.
81
Atari STST Format
[Budget re-release] Gunship is getting very long in the tooth and the quality of the graphics and sound is poor in comparison with games such as Thunderhawk. What hasn't aged is the gameplay, it's still excellent. The helicopter flies realistically and the enemy units and weaponry are authentic enough to make you think you could handle the real thing once you've mastered it. It's far from state-of-the-art but the basic solidness of the game makes it a joy to fly. Get blasting.
81
DOSThe Games Machine (UK)
PC Gunship has been worth the wait. To get the most out of the game, however, installation of an EGA graphics adaptor is recommended. The full, superlative effect of flight can only be realised with sixteen colours, compared with the pinks, magentas, harsh white and grey shadings of the CGA mode. The flight controls tend to be sluggish, especially when using the collective to dive or climb, but since real helicopters (and most aircraft) are slow in response this could be classed as a highly realistic feature. The sensation of movement is what we've come to expect from Microprose, with the smooth-running graphics having a marked improvement in speed over the 8-bit releases. A worthy purchase for your PC - if you can stomach the price tag.
80
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Pales slightly in the face of strong recent competition.
80
AmigaAmiga User International
Gunship is a terrific program (I hesitate to call it a game), that will keep any aspiring helicopter pilot entertained for many, many hours.
68
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
As with many MicroProse simulations, game control takes a while to master, and once the chopper's off the ground, sad to say, Amiga Gunship isn't very impressive. Scrolling is on the jerky side and neither the graphics nor the sound use the Amiga's capabilities to the full.
67
AmigaZzap!
While the speed of the game is adequate, the frame update lags behind and the sound effects are not satisfyingly raw or powerful as they could have been. Of course, Gunship has massive long-term appeal and lasting interest. On the simulation front, it provides more than enough challenge for simulation fans. Saying that, I personally was expecting more than just a ported across ST game.
60
ZX SpectrumACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
By contrast, Tomahawk seems a rather restrained affair, but once you've put down the bulky manual and started flying, Gunship shows definite disadvantages over its UK rival. It's easier to fly, but somehow less convincing, and the landscape (although more colourful) is less effective. Instrumentation is as complete but not as neatly laid out and as a result rather more tiring to look at after a long time in the air.
60
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
By contrast, Tomahawk seems a rather restrained affair, but once you've put down the bulky manual and started flying, Gunship shows definite disadvantages over its UK rival. It's easier to fly, but somehow less convincing, and the landscape (although more colourful) is less effective. Instrumentation is as complete but not as neatly laid out and as a result rather more tiring to look at after a long time in the air.
60
Commodore 64ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
By contrast, Tomahawk seems a rather restrained affair, but once you've put down the bulky manual and started flying, Gunship shows definite disadvantages over its UK rival. It's easier to fly, but somehow less convincing, and the landscape (although more colourful) is less effective. Instrumentation is as complete but not as neatly laid out and as a result rather more tiring to look at after a long time in the air.
60
Amstrad CPCACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
By contrast, Tomahawk seems a rather restrained affair, but once you've put down the bulky manual and started flying, Gunship shows definite disadvantages over its UK rival. It's easier to fly, but somehow less convincing, and the landscape (although more colourful) is less effective. Instrumentation is as complete but not as neatly laid out and as a result rather more tiring to look at after a long time in the air.
60
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
By contrast, Tomahawk seems a rather restrained affair, but once you've put down the bulky manual and started flying, Gunship shows definite disadvantages over its UK rival. It's easier to fly, but somehow less convincing, and the landscape (although more colourful) is less effective. Instrumentation is as complete but not as neatly laid out and as a result rather more tiring to look at after a long time in the air.
60
Commodore 64Computer Gaming World (CGW)
When initially released, this was the helicopter simulation. Good graphics (when released) coupled with excellent gameplay made this a classic.
60
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
When initially released, this was the helicopter simulation. Good graphics (when released) coupled with excellent gameplay made this a classic.
47
AmigaAmiga Computing
For a computer with such capabilities the landscape is bland and slow. Enemy planes are simple prisms which move casually past you. All in all it is very disappointing.And give a good test before parting with your money because my review copy, which by all accounts was a full release version, crashed several times. As for realism, well I have never flown a helicopter, so apart from the crashes I cannot be sure. Everything seems to be sensibly done, but after playing Gunship for a while I have no urge to actually go out and fly a helicopter.