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Platoon

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
...
3.1
NES
...
2.8
Apple II
...
4.0
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Description

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 Atari ST Taking a sideway
Platoon NES game over
Platoon NES wounded
Platoon NES watch out for the trip wire

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The Press Says

Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1988 93 out of 100 93
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 92 out of 100 92
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 81 out of 100 81
VideoGame NES Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Apr, 1988 801 out of 1000 80
ST Action Atari ST Aug, 1988 78 out of 100 78
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 3.7 out of 5 74
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 715 out of 1000 72
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)
Information also contributed by Martin Smith, seanp, and Xoleras
Contributed to by Old man gamer (302), PCGamer77 (3028), seanp (87), Kabushi (121564), Martin Smith (63155) and wanax (291)