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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 DOS The people who made this game.
Airborne Ranger DOS Title screen
Airborne Ranger DOS Placing a time bomb.
Airborne Ranger Commodore 64 Fatigue Test - AKA the lame-o copy protection.

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

I wanna be an Airborne Ranger! I wanna live a life of danger! DOS Roedie (5252)
Amazing how good the older games were DOS Terrence Bosky (5463)
The earliest tactical shooter still holds up today DOS Kasey Chang (4617)
Great Arcade Action DOS William Shawn McDonie (1180)

Critic Reviews

Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Commodore Format Commodore 64 May, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 73 out of 100 73
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 7 out of 10 70
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC May, 1989 60 out of 100 60
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1992 39 out of 100 39
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 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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