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You have been recruited by John Clark to be a member of Rainbow, the most elite counter-terror team in the world, with members from various countries of the world. You start out rescuing hostages from the terrorists, but as you go on, you discover there are bigger things at stake - such as the entire world.

Rainbow Six is a first-person shooter with an emphasis on realistic weapons and tactics. You must use existing intelligence like floor plan layouts to plan your assault. You can use up to four teams, with a variety of equipment from simple body armor to biosuits, breaching kit and more. There are many different weapons available, from pistols to machine guns to shotguns to grenades. You can switch between different teams as needed, or leave them under AI control. It is possible to coordinate different teams with go codes, engage a variety of terrorists or perform stealth missions. The game also features multiplayer with a variety of maps and mission types to choose from.


Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Windows Training - Shooting range
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Windows Escorting a hostage.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Windows Prisoner
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Windows Strategy selection

Promo Images

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Magazine Advertisement
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Screenshot
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Magazine Advertisement
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "彩虹六号" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Rainbow 6" -- Informal name
  • "Black Ops" -- Working title

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User Reviews

A highly realistic, deadly shooter that may not be for every deathmatch player. Ray Soderlund (3576) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Had to put it in my attic! Paul Budd (430) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGN Sep 08, 1998 9.4 out of 10 94
Power Unlimited Nov, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91
Riki Nov, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Absolute Games ( Aug 14, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Game Vortex Jan 31, 2003 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Oct 07, 1998 86 out of 100 86 Jan 15, 2013 17 out of 20 85
PC Joker Oct, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Electric Playground May 07, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1998 63 out of 100 63


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German version

In the German version, all blood effects were removed and killed enemies disappear almost instantly.


There is a Rainbow Six book by Tom Clancy that tells a much more detailed version of the game's story. The game has many more missions than the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. Red Storm decided they want to do a tactical shooter, while Tom Clancy said his next book will be about terrorism and counter-terrorist outfit. It's only natural to have them work on the same backgrounds.

The book only has about about half-dozen missions undertaken (the bank, the "schloss", Europark, military base, Australia, and Brazil) by Team Rainbow. The game has much more than that, along with some very different plots.


Rainbow Six is "Play as if 5.7 billion lives depended on it."


  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 2001 (Issue #203) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #6 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • October 2001 - #9 in the "Top 50 Games of All Time" list
    • April 2005 - #22 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by casimps1, Entorphane, Kasey Chang and PCGamer77

Related Web Sites

  • Bill Brown - Music Composer (Listen to streaming and downloadable MP3 music tracks from this title at the composer's official site. )
  • Planet Rainbow Six (For all things Rainbow Six.)
  • Rainbow Six Orb (In the dwindling universe of Rainbow Six sites, this one stands out as a required stopping point.)
Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2415) added Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (Windows) on Mar 05, 2000
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