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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (11 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Commodore User (Jul, 1989)
The design of the game is identical in every detail to the 64 version, right down to the loading sequence. The missions follow along the same lines, the five areas you fly over are identical. What you have here is the same brilliant game, but adapted to suit an Amiga, with better sound, graphics and playability. So who can complain?
Amiga Format (Aug, 1989)
Gunship has plenty going for it: the missions are numerous and varied and it is high on lasting interest. The politics are dodgy, but if you are not worried about zapping gooks you will find the game entertaining, challenging and packed with action.
Das Fliegen selbst ist so realistisch, wie man es sich nur wünschen kann - beispielsweise erlebt man beim Abfeuern von Raketen einen leichten Rückstoß. Auch Beschädigungen wirken sich immer anders aus, je nachdem, an welcher Stelle es den Apache erwischt hat. Sobald man wieder sicher auf einem Heimatflughafen gelandet ist, wird die Mission ausgewertet — erfolgreichen Kampfpiloten winken Orden und Beförderungen. Die Grafik ist je nach System annehmbar gut, der Sound „erträglich“. Die Steuerung mit Joystick oder (auf Amiga und ST) Maus klappt tadellos, trotz der dicht belegten Tastatur. Zieht man jetzt noch das hervorragende Handbuch mit den (systemspezifischen) Tastaturschablonen ins Kalkül, so bleibt eine absolute Spitzensimulation!
Power Play (Aug, 1989)
Die Grafik ist leider ein klein wenig langsamer als auf dem Atari ST, trotzdem wird das hervorragende Fluggefühl dadurch nicht geschmälert. Der Sound, der bei der Atari-Version doch noch recht schlapp war, ist für die Amiga-Fassung gehörig aufgepeppt worden. Hier hört sich Motorbrummen wenigstens nach Hubschrauber an und nicht nach einem verkappten Rasenmäher. Gunship ist auf alle Fälle ein Muß für alle Simulationsfans.
Gunship is a terrific program (I hesitate to call it a game), that will keep any aspiring helicopter pilot entertained for many, many hours.
As with many MicroProse simulations, game control takes a while to master, and once the chopper's off the ground, sad to say, Amiga Gunship isn't very impressive. Scrolling is on the jerky side and neither the graphics nor the sound use the Amiga's capabilities to the full.
Zzap! (Aug, 1989)
While the speed of the game is adequate, the frame update lags behind and the sound effects are not satisfyingly raw or powerful as they could have been. Of course, Gunship has massive long-term appeal and lasting interest. On the simulation front, it provides more than enough challenge for simulation fans. Saying that, I personally was expecting more than just a ported across ST game.
By contrast, Tomahawk seems a rather restrained affair, but once you've put down the bulky manual and started flying, Gunship shows definite disadvantages over its UK rival. It's easier to fly, but somehow less convincing, and the landscape (although more colourful) is less effective. Instrumentation is as complete but not as neatly laid out and as a result rather more tiring to look at after a long time in the air.
Amiga Computing (Aug, 1989)
For a computer with such capabilities the landscape is bland and slow. Enemy planes are simple prisms which move casually past you. All in all it is very disappointing.And give a good test before parting with your money because my review copy, which by all accounts was a full release version, crashed several times. As for realism, well I have never flown a helicopter, so apart from the crashes I cannot be sure. Everything seems to be sensibly done, but after playing Gunship for a while I have no urge to actually go out and fly a helicopter.
In conclusion, this reviewer heartily recommends Gunship. From a historical perspective, one must remember that gunships are only effective in areas where one has local air superiority. Even the Apache is no match for modern fixed-wing fighter aircraft. The game's flaw (ground terrain visibility) is more than offset by the sheer pleasure in flying against and defeating the Threat. A five-star rating (my highest) is well-deserved.