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Platoon

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Released: 1987

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Publisher: ocean

Developer: ocean

Submitted by: michael holland

The first casualty of war is innocence. This was one of the first games i played on my new commodore 64.

From the loading screen image a c64 rendition of the film poster and Musical score by Jonathan Dunn, I can play over and over in my head.

You start the game walking through a Vietnamese jungle, then Charlie start dropping from the trees or run up behind you and stab you in the back; they can be under trap doors in the ground. You can jump, shoot or lob a grenade or 10.when you take damage or killed you are taken to a squad screen where you can change your squad members. But you also have a morale bar and this is depleted when your men get shot or you kill local civilians, it game over for your squad. Along the way you can pick up med packs and explosives to blow up bridges, then search a booby trapped village. And that’s just the opening level.

The next mission your in a tunnel system which is a sort of first person perspective shooter, making your way through the tunnel following your map and killing any Charlie that come your way and collecting items. The next part of mission is hard and you are stuck in a fox hole and you have to shoot the enemy from this position, in night and day cycles. The last level is a bit like guerrilla war on the c64, and you have to make your way through the jungle again. Moving up the screen and going left or right avoiding enemy and obstacles, until you reach Sergeant Barnes and kill him.

From the main title screen you are drawn deep into the games immersive atmosphere. You use your joystick to move your selected team member about the jungle, and as the enemy come at you, you have to quick either by jumping or ducking enemy fire and shooting back, while on the move. If you stop, just for a second the enemy jump out and kill you. So the pressure is on. This is one of my all-time favourite c64 games and one of oceans finest.