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Ocean Ranger

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Commodore 64

Year
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Simulation
Theme
Naval
Publisher
Activision, Inc.
Developer
Sher-Tek Software, Inc.
Dosbox support
Supported on 0.61
4.8 / 5 - 5 votes

Description of Ocean Ranger

A solid yet relatively unknown hydrofoil naval simulation from Activision, Ocean Ranger lets you command a warship in modern naval battles that resemble arcade games, but with considerable realistic factors.

There are four theatres of operation to choose from: Bering Sea, Persian Gulf, Central America, and Southeast Asia. For each theatre, you can adjust the difficulty level to suit your preference, read a detailed mission briefing, and select ordinance for your warship. Career mode is also available for long-term play, although it records little about your pilot alter ego except for medals earned and general statistics.

At its easiest level, the game is a fun arcade-style gunnery exercise that is reminiscent of Accolade's Gunboat. At the hardest level, it is a respectable simulation that is not Harpoon, but is a quick beer-and-pretzel game that even hard-core sim fans can enjoy. Recommended for anyone who likes LucasFilm Games' P.H.M. Pegasus and similar "light" naval sims, although P.H.M. Pegasus is a far more accurate hydrofoil simulation.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Mike 2016-04-03 1 point DOS version

You'll need these access codes to get into the game. Also the game play is difficult without the manual since there are many keys that do different things. Here are the most important ones:

THESE ARE THE CODES YOU WILL NEED TO ACCESS THE GAME
QUAKER - KINGSTON
COYOTE - FLAGSTAFF
TROUT - OUTBOARD
GAMMA - HERCULES
VIRGINIA - TICONDEROGA
ENTERPRISE - ATLANTIS
SMITHSONIAN - JEFFERSON
LINCOLN - OMAHA

Game Play Controls
ESC Fire
Space bar Select target
F1/Enter View ahead
F3 Port view
F5 Starboard view
F7 Stern view
1 Select 76MM CANNON
2 Select SEA SPARROW MISSILE
3 Select HARPOON MISSILE
4 Select DEPTH CHARGES
5 Launch CHAFF DEFENSE
6 Engage ECM
8 Maintenance personnel
9 Damage report / Heading screen
0 Mast camera
- Computer threat board
+ Main threat board
\ Main threat board with longitude and latitude coordinates
Tab Anchor Toggle
[ Left multipurpose screen (Radar, map, target type, mast camera, weapon stock and status, hit log, Mission coordinates)
] Right multipurpose screen (Radar, map, target type, mast camera, weapon stock and status, hit log, Mission coordinates)
f Engage fuel reserve tank
p pause game
a Accelerated time mode
Ctrl-Q Quit

Hope this helps someone enjoy this (for its time) amazing game/simulator

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