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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
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Excellent graphics, involving simulation and a variety of missions make this one of the best PC games in a long while. Piloting your 'copter around in order to zap various gooks may not be terribly tasteful - but if you can bear the politics you should have a lot of fun.
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!
PC Gunship has been worth the wait. To get the most out of the game, however, installation of an EGA graphics adaptor is recommended. The full, superlative effect of flight can only be realised with sixteen colours, compared with the pinks, magentas, harsh white and grey shadings of the CGA mode. The flight controls tend to be sluggish, especially when using the collective to dive or climb, but since real helicopters (and most aircraft) are slow in response this could be classed as a highly realistic feature. The sensation of movement is what we've come to expect from Microprose, with the smooth-running graphics having a marked improvement in speed over the 8-bit releases. A worthy purchase for your PC - if you can stomach the price tag.
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.
When initially released, this was the helicopter simulation. Good graphics (when released) coupled with excellent gameplay made this a classic.
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.