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M1 Tank Platoon

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
87
3.8
Atari ST
...
3.7
PC-98
...
4.0
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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 Amiga Credits.
M1 Tank Platoon PC-98 This view looks pretty cool
M1 Tank Platoon Amiga A closeup of what you have to defend.
M1 Tank Platoon PC-98 Character information

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. DOS Afterburner (477)
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The Press Says

Raze Amiga Jan, 1991 91 out of 100 91
The One Amiga Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Raze Atari ST Jan, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Nov, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 87 out of 100 87
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Power Play DOS Oct, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33

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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
  • EMAP
    • Golden Joystick Rewards 1990: Winner Best Simulation.
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Simuation in 1989
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz and PCGamer77
Contributed to by Jeff Sinasac (315), Martin Smith (63136) and Terok Nor (19021)