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The film Platoon featured a squad of five soldiers on their mission for the US Army in Vietnam. In this action game based around the film, you take control of these five guys in turn, with the chance to switch between them as they each take one of the 3 hits that would kill them.

The game recreates each of the sections of the film, starting with a side-scrolling journey through the jungle, with paths to cross both horizontally and vertically, and the ability to jump or duck hazards. You will need to blow up a bridge and then locate a village, which contains a torch, a map and a trap-door. The enemy has booby-trapped the area and are launching airstrikes, so the danger is not all from enemy ground soldiers.

The next section is in first-person 3D, as you move through a network of tunnels in search of flares and a compass. There are 3 distinct control methods, changing from the standard motion when an enemy appears (this puts you in control of a cross-hair for more accurate targeting), and when you enter a room to search.

After escaping this you settle in a bunker overnight, and have a limited amount of flares with which to locate incoming enemy, and must then shoot them before they can shoot you. The jungle airstrike from the film is the next moment - you have two minutes to rush into a safe position to the north, using your compass for guidance.

Finally you face the treacherous Sergeant Barnes, and must hit him with grenades 5 times whilst trapped in a foxhole to prevent him wiping you out.

Screenshots

Platoon NES You've found the bag of explosives, you must set it in the bridges that give access to a FNL village.
Platoon NES your history
Platoon NES At the FNL village, you must avoid harming the villagers.
Platoon ZX Spectrum Title

Promo Images

Platoon Concept Art
Platoon Concept Art
Platoon Concept Art By <moby developer="Simon Butler">Simon Butler</moby>.
Platoon Concept Art

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC May, 1990 94 out of 100 94
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jul, 1988 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jul, 1988 83 out of 100 83
VideoGame NES Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ST Action Atari ST Aug, 1988 78 out of 100 78
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 3.7 out of 5 74
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1988 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic NES Jun 08, 2003 F 0

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Trivia

BPjS/BPjM index

On May 31, 1988, Platoon was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

DOS release

One of the few titles released by Data East for the PC that was a DOS executable, and had hard disk installation available.

Extras

  • Some UK copies came with a bonus audio cassette featuring the Smokey Robinson song The Tracks of My Tears, as heard in the movie Platoon.
  • The original Spectrum, Amstrad, C64, Atari ST, Amiga releases were supplied with an A2 poster of the cover-art overlayed with some screen-shots at the bottom.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #66 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Commodore Format
    • May 1991 (Issue 8) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
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