DescriptionWWI Medic is an arcade game in which the player is cast as an Allied medic in the midst of a World War I battlefield. Infantry trench warfare rages about the player, with rifle fire, grenades, machine guns, strafing biplanes, deadly mustard gas, and devastating artillery barrages.
The player's goal is to bandage soldiers, schlepping them back to the relative safety of the trench if they fell on the hazardous No Man's Land between the lines. The player's counterpart medic on the German side of things is also working to save his pointy-helmeted brethren, and the more effective medic can turn the tide of the battle.
The bloodiest aspect of battle is always the charge, where the trumpet sounds and all combat troops on one side surge forward en masse into the exposed kill-zone between the trenches. No Man's Land thus quickly turns into a charnel house of corpses, wounded, and craters. Bandaging wounded soldiers outside the trenches is fraught with extreme peril--any stray round, friendly or otherwise, can spell instant defeat for the player.
Reinforcements are endless, but the maximum number of troops is static. A wounded soldier is only replaced upon death or his bandaged return to the friendly trench, so the goal is to outperform the German medic in healing and returning Allies, while at the same time prolonging the misery and pain of wounded Germans close to one's own trench by bandaging them and leaving them to die. This can turn the tide of the battle, leading to a (very rare!) successful Allied charge, occupying the enemy trench and moving the game on to a fresh battlefield.
There is no final victory, but scoring is dependent on the number of soldiers saved, with points deducted for wounded Allies that perish. If the player is more effective than the German medic, bonus points are added.
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- WW1 Medic fan page... or something (A fan supported web page for WWI Medic which offers a number of user-created mods and curiosities.)
- WWI Medic (The official product page for the title at the developer's website, which provides a legal, free download of the game.)