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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 Commodore 64 Ranger assignment
Airborne Ranger Commodore 64 Seek cover where you can..
Airborne Ranger Commodore 64 Buildings can be destroyed as well, with grenades or LAW rockets
Airborne Ranger Commodore 64 Fatigue Test - AKA the lame-o copy protection.

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Airborne Ranger Magazine Advertisement
Airborne Ranger Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1990 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Video Game Critic Oct 28, 2011 B+ 83
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1988 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1988 801 out of 1000 80
Press Play On Tape Sep 11, 2021 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Commodore Format May, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Datormagazin Feb, 1988 2.7 out of 5 54
Zzap! May, 1992 39 out of 100 39
Computer Gaming World (CGW) 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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