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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 Atari ST Confrontation with the enemy
Platoon NES When you lose a life, you're actually losing a member of your platoon.
Platoon Commodore 64 Careful, there's a trap ahead.
Platoon Amstrad CPC Close combat

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 May, 1990 94 out of 100 94
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jul, 1988 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1988 84 out of 100 84
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jul, 1988 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 3.7 out of 5 74
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 715 out of 1000 72
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1988 668 out of 1000 67
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC May, 1988 654 out of 1000 65
Commodore User Amiga Nov, 1988 59 out of 100 59


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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.


  • 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.


  • 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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