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Carrier Command

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Mac - Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - ZX Spectrum

Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom, United States (1989)
United Kingdom (1994)
Genre Strategy
Theme Naval, RTS, Real-Time, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher MicroProse Software, Inc., Rainbird Software, U.S. Gold Ltd.
Developer Realtime Games Software Ltd.
Perspectives 1st-Person, Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.58
4.57 / 5 - 37 votes

Description of Carrier Command

Carrier Command is an excellent simulation that almost perfectly captures the excitement (and aggravation) of war by combining action and straetegic elements with revolutionary 3D wireframe graphics.

Put in command of a futuristic aircraft carrier replete with landing vehicles, your mission is simple: find and kill your counterpart, an enemy carrier of even greater power than your own. During the game you must capture islands, build a logistic network that will keep you supplied with the equipment and reinforcements.

It is obvious that Carrier Command isn't just a game but is a labor of love-- the amount of options at your command is staggering, with numerous icon-controlled screens, viewpoints, and area maps. Best of all, these options never confuse but rather enhance the game's variety and eminent playability.

You'll pilot aircraft, drive amphibious vehicles, and deplot various weapon systems. Although strategic elements are limited, they add a lot of depth and playability: you must predict which island your opponent will go after next, and plan your course to intercept him.

You also must be quick on setting priorities for your repair crews when damage arises (which are realistically depicted on your carrier graphics) that can cripple your critical systems. With a unique blend of action, strategy, and simulation, Carrier Command will please both action gamers who want an adrenaline-filled simulation, and hardcore wargamers who want a break from dryer wargames.

You can even choose between "Action" and "Strategy" mode depending on how much strategy you want to handle. Highly recommended. Too bad the sequel Battle Command is much inferior to this classic.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Kyle 2023-11-29 0 point

This is an awesome game. Be Sure to get the two sequels on steam Carrier Command Gaea Mission and Carrier Command 2. I've been waiting for Gaea mission for 20 years it was well worth it!

FeckinBollix 2022-11-19 1 point Atari ST version

I absolutely loved this as a kid, used to play it till I got headaches from the stress of trying to beat the enemy carrier!!

TF 2021-01-01 3 points DOS version

This was one of my all time favorites when I was a kid. Played it for hours and hours. Bought it brand new boxed and it came with a tape cassette "soundtrack" which was a few songs one of which sounded extremely similar to learning to fly by Pink Floyd.

I had some desperate victories against the enemy carrier one of which involved ramming it with a walrus and launching the outpost building device into it which was just enough damage to kill it.

No matter how prepared you were fighting that thing was always a harrowing experience.

Fantastic strategy game with outstanding first person views given it was 1988. Flying the Mantas was extremely fun. The sound effects were very jarring and loud on the PC soeaker especially firing the main turret laser lol.

Game still holds up all these years later.

bellend 2019-10-08 3 points Atari ST version

played this for hours when I was younger, sometimes staying up till three / four in the morning. Atari st. set course for the next Island and put the kettle on
awesome game, still potter around with it in various emulators

MarkTheMorose 2019-10-01 1 point DOS version

I have read that the DOS version, as well as having the acceleration feature, also has the best enemy AI, and gives a more challenging game. I understand that this was because of its later release date, allowing time for such tweaks.

trusteft 2019-04-13 1 point

One of my all time favorite computer games. Superb.
The PC version is the best as it contains a time accelerator for the long LONG trips between islands.
I made a video showing how this game works some time ago.

Cronosgba 2016-05-07 1 point DOS version

When I was young I loved this game and I discover a big, if you catch a manta and start to fly up and up and up and maintain a little bit going to up, the game crashed and return to msdos telling you "Dividedbyzero error" the first time that happens I almost die because I had not saved the game XD

Brent 2016-04-03 0 point

Great fun, real strategy involved!

fdisk 2015-11-09 -1 point

manual (mission briefing):
EDIT: Thx fdisk !

aswarp 2014-11-06 1 point DOS version

Got me hooked for days round the clock. It took a long while to figure out how to use everything, but the more you dig into it, the more you discover, until it becomes an epic battle of archipelagican dimensions. Its main success is the realism by which all the game mechanics are represented, to the point that it could be used to train actual military troopers in all sorts of operations. Specially in how easy it is to have a vehicle killed or broken if you're not careful. IMHO many more modern games should try to take this approach to realism when designing new off-the-shelves instead of running for the classic infinite-lives, instant-respawn, medkit-cures-it-all approach that is so popular nowadays.

Acsman 2014-01-31 0 point DOS version

Ah! takes me back. the best gameplay ever.

3022 2013-07-21 1 point DOS version

Carrier Command is one of the most interesting games what I have played on PC... still now, after ~25 years.

iliqn 2013-01-02 0 point DOS version

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Rogueci5 2009-02-19 1 point DOS version

This game is a classic!! Its hours of fun and makes your brain work as well LOL Great times!!!

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