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DOS - 1987

Also available on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - Sharp X68000

Alt names Gunship: The Attack Helicopter Simulation, Gunship: The Helicopter Simulation
Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United Kingdom, United States (1987)
United Kingdom (1988)
Genre Simulation
Publisher MicroProse Software, Inc.
Developer MicroProse Software, Inc.
Perspective 1st-Person
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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

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Comments and reviews

Joe Mama 2022-02-09 1 point

I started out playing this game, got the disk from a friend of mine and I think it ran on an 8088. Had lots of fun playing it but GS2000 is a vastly superior upgrade, with much better sound and graphics.

anonymous 2020-10-23 3 points

Amiga and c64 are the best versions...

Slamster01 2019-11-07 1 point Commodore 64 version

After many many months of playing on my c64, as my heli was spinning to a crash, I locked on to a VC Camp and destroyed it. That was the first time in the last time I ever saw the VC camp Target in the game. The game gave me over 80,000 points for that one mission. No one believed me. :/

Wikki 2019-04-24 3 points

I had worn out 2 floppy discs playing this game. Loved it

fdisk 2015-11-10 -2 points

manual (german):
EDIT: THX fdisk!

fdisk 2015-11-09 -5 points

EDIT: Thx fdisk

daflehrer1 2015-01-30 2 points 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 4 points 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 1 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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