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The year is 1966, shortly after USA deployed its troops to participate in the Vietnam War. Alan "The Bear" Westmoreland, a Marine Corps sergeant, is sent behind the enemy lines. He is known for his high endurance, achieved by ingesting various stimulants. As long as these drugs keep him going, the Bear isn't afraid of danger, and is used by his superiors for missions with overwhelming odds. The raid turns into total warfare; with only a small team at his side, the Sergeant will have to do everything he is capable of in order to survive.

NAM is a military-themed first-person shooter that uses the Build engine. The protagonist has to fight his way through the jungle, with various weapons such as M16, M60, M79, LAW, and others. The missions range from urban gun battles to sneaking in the thick jungles and man-made tunnels under the ground. The battlefields are frequented by air strikes, anti-personnel mines (which the player can spot with a mine detector), fire fights, ambushes, snipers and tanks. Fellow soldiers will aid Alan in battle, though for the most part he'll have to depend on himself.

A multiplayer battle is included, featuring 19 multiplayer levels with different game modes like Gruntmatch, Capture-the-flag and Fireteam, where each player is allowed to select a soldier type and is sent on different missions.


NAM DOS Entering Level 1.
NAM DOS Some vehicles
NAM DOS Enemies in jungle
NAM DOS Firing at enemies.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Vietnã" -- Brazilian title
  • "Napalm" -- Walmart title

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User Reviews

It's not that bad! Spartan_234 (460) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Interesting game ruined by insane difficulty - Telee - (14) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Adequate Ian Loa (11) unrated
Love to hate it! Ben Fahy (94) unrated
Completely awful Kate Jones (480) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars
Probably the worst game I've ever encountered. Tomer Gabel (4646) 0.33 Stars0.33 Stars0.33 Stars0.33 Stars0.33 Stars
Ugh Wolfang (168) unrated

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Games Magazine Oct 07, 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
GameSpot Aug 05, 1998 4 out of 10 40
IGN Aug 12, 1998 3 out of 10 30
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 2.8 out of 10 28
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jun 07, 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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In the October 98 edition of PC Gamer rated NAM with a score of 58%. According to Gt Interactive this was supposed to be a "true experience of Vietnam" At the time, there was a great deal of criticism for this remark.

Development history

NAM (Napalm) started off as a total conversion for Duke Nukem 3D titled as Platoon TC. After releasing Platoon, the team started working on a sequel to it, in early 1998 the team was contacted by GT Interactive about if the team was interested working with them, so they started making NAM.

German index

On April 30, 1999, NAM was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


According to Matt Saettler and Lisa Sheets, Napalm was the original name for the game. It was changed to Nam at the request of the Wal-Mart chain of stores.

Information also contributed by Daedolon, WildKard, and Xoleras
Wolfang (168) added NAM (DOS) on Mar 09, 2000
Other platforms contributed by lights out 10000 (18947)