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Carriers at War is a remake of the original for the Apple II and Commodore 64. The game is a strategic war simulation (wargame) in which the player takes on the role of a task force commander in control of Fleet Carrier Air/Naval Operations in the Pacific from 1941-1945. The player can reenact six crucial carrier battles from that era including Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea, Midway, Eastern Solomons, Santa Cruz and the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.

The game features completely new graphics including a menu overhaul to make more use of a windowed interface. Most important in the graphic overhaul is that combat is now presented in animated graphics.

Gameplay has also changed with new features including fire damage on ships, which can be repaired, but can also easily spread to do more harm (and this too is graphically represented). More airplanes can be commanded and now individually inspected instead of in squadrons. The AI has also been refined to play more like a human player with imperfect information available to it.


Carriers at War DOS Japanese Ground Attack
Carriers at War DOS Japanese Heavy Bomber Run
Carriers at War DOS Japanese Ship Attack
Carriers at War DOS Japanese Heavy Bomber Ship Run

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Alternate Titles

  • "Carriers at War 1941-1945: Fleet Carrier Operations in the Pacific" -- Tag-lined title

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Dragon May, 1993 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Nov, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1993 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Joker Oct, 1992 63 out of 100 63
Play Time Nov, 1992 61 out of 100 61
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 61 out of 100 61
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1992 6 out of 12 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1992 Unscored Unscored


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #90 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list

CygnusWolfe (776) added Carriers at War (DOS) on Oct 29, 2001
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