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In this action/simulation game by Microprose the player takes the role of an U.S. Army airborne ranger. These Airborne rangers are dropped behind enemy lines by parachute to perform all kinds of dangerous missions. Gameplay consists of 3 phases:
  1. Reading the mission briefing and outfitting 3 supply pods with machine gun ammo, time bombs, first-aid kits, grenades & LAW rockets depending on this briefing.
  2. Flying over the mission map in a V-22 Osprey plane to drop your 3 supply pods and parachuting out of the plane yourself.
  3. Performing the actual missions and reaching the pick-up point before time runs out. There are 12 different missions which include capturing an enemy officer, blowing up an ammunition depot, photographing an experimental aircraft and liberating P.O.W.'s
Missions take place in either an arctic, desert or temperate setting. Using the mission map the player must decide the route towards the mission objective. This might require them to crawl through trenches, run around minefields or take out enemy soldiers and bunkers. Airborne Ranger was one of the first games with some missions that required a stealthy approach (staying undetected until a certain time, taking out a guard and stealing an enemy uniform etc.).

Airborne Ranger can be played in practice or veteran mode. In practice mode, gameplay is limited to a single mission, while in veteran mode, a series of missions or an entire campaign is played in order to earn medals & promotions. All missions can be played on several difficulty levels.


Airborne Ranger DOS Title screen (CGA Original)
Airborne Ranger DOS A mission briefing
Airborne Ranger Amiga A supply bag.
Airborne Ranger DOS Pick up after a succesful mission.

Promo Images

Airborne Ranger Magazine Advertisement
Airborne Ranger Magazine Advertisement
Airborne Ranger Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Airborne Ranger: The Action-Simulation" -- UK tag-lined title

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User Reviews

I wanna be an Airborne Ranger! I wanna live a life of danger! DOS Roedie (5247)
Amazing how good the older games were DOS Terrence Bosky (5458)
The earliest tactical shooter still holds up today DOS Kasey Chang (4608)
Great Arcade Action DOS William Shawn McDonie (1180)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Press Play On Tape Commodore 64 Sep 11, 2021 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 9.25 out of 12 77
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Mar, 1989 748 out of 1000 75
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 2.7 out of 5 54
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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The manual includes a large overview of the history of the rangers (from the American War of Independence until Vietnam) and detailed information about ranger training, weapons and equipment.


  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #97 “Readers' Top 100”

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