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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.


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 watch out for the trip wire
Platoon NES game over
Platoon NES Enemies jump out of trees

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The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 81 out of 100 81
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
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Apr, 1988 801 out of 1000 80
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ST Action Atari ST Aug, 1988 78 out of 100 78
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Commodore User Amiga Nov, 1988 59 out of 100 59


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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.
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