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DOS - 1986

Also available on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Commodore 64

Alt name
Gunship: The Attack Helicopter Simulation
Released in
United States
MicroProse Software, Inc.
MicroProse Software, Inc.
4.47 / 5 - 17 votes

Description of Gunship

This simulation of the Apache AH-64A attack helicopter was one of the first helicopter sims to appear in the PC games market, and still remains one of the most fun to play.

Taking the role of the pilot, you'll be flying missions in five different areas, from the US Training Camps to East Europe. All five areas are similar in terrain - i.e. low hills - but feature different kinds and density of enemy units. For novice pilots, the option to reduce difficulty settings is given, and hard-core vets can fly extra hazardous duty missions - a usually suicidal task, by the way. You have the option to customize your craft's loadout, adjusting fuel, gun ammo, rockets and guided missiles according to your missions. The missions themselves involve flying around the game world to your various targets, dodging enemy ground fire along the way, and (if you're like me) engaging targets of opportunity. If you're lucky you might come up against an enemy chopper or two as well, but you'll usually be up against ground units. At high levels of difficulty,your craft may get forced down - it just might be field repairable, though, so you may hobble to a repair pad.

Your craft has quite respectable teeth, though: the underslung short-range gatling gun is deadly against almost all targets, the unguided rocket pods are excellent against soft targets, while your Hellfire guided missiles are sure to eliminate any tanks at stand-off range.

Generally the game is very playable and fast-paced, and I still fondly remember flying around at 20 feet from hill to hill, dodging enemy AA fire and inching in to my objective. One of the all-time greats, Gunship is highly recommended.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

fdisk 2015-11-10 -3 points

manual (german):
EDIT: THX fdisk!

fdisk 2015-11-09 0 point

EDIT: Thx fdisk

daflehrer1 2015-01-30 1 point DOS version

First real computer game I ever played. My friend and I played it (as full grown adults) for about 14 hours, went to bed at 2 am, ate hot dogs and coffee, then played another ten hours. It was 1988.

Deejaydeep 2014-10-24 0 point DOS version

I'd like to download it, but I wanted to know something first : is it possible to play iy with a USB joystick ?

JAY DEE 2014-10-22 1 point DOS version

this version is ega the screenshots are of the old version,i just sent the codes in so they should be included with the file soon.till then here are the codes

Knökenknecht 2014-02-19 0 point DOS version

I bought 'Gunship' first for C64 tape version, causing long loading times and finally tape salad. The second cassette I tried to copy and started learning sid assembler because of that. The PC version later on had better EGA graphics but the 'Apocalypse Now' Apache intro of the C64 remains unforgettable.

Lyrk 2009-11-15 0 point DOS version

I remember cracking this tired of 'kill the engines' landings when queried..

Skoll 2009-08-24 0 point DOS version

Haha, another good game from way back. I remember this being alot of fun with the awesome CGA graphics :)

Therror 2008-10-06 0 point DOS version

AW !! :D

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