Description of Pacific Islands
Pacific Islands is the follow-up to Team Yankee and as its name suggests is set in the Pacific Islands, where conflicts demand the intervention of the USA and you, as a crack tank commander.
You are in complete control of 16 modern American tanks which are divided into 4 squads. The interface is a step up from the confusing mess of Team Yankee. On the map screen, you click which team you want to command and click where on the map you want them to go. They then happily follow your orders without question, crashing through jungles and forests, sneaking behind cover, patrolling built-up areas, fording streams and even happily blundering into minefields. The objective in each mission is usually to take control of key areas, destroy enemy communications, escort support groups, etc. In a nice touch, missions may be undertaken at any time of the day; night missions surprisingly being the easiest, as the enemy has inferior Infrared imaging to your tanks'.
The graphics could be best described as 'functional', they certainly aren't to the standards of other war sims like Gunship 2000, but the functions are well laid out, simple and extremely easy to use. Same as in Team Yankee, much of the time you'll be looking at a screen divided into four, where each portion represents a first person perspective from a different vehicle.
Overall, Pacific Islands is an improvement over Team Yankee, although interface and dumb AI problems still remain. Once the initial problems of controlling 4 groups of 4 tanks are overcome, the rest of the game is quite easy to get into, and very rewarding. Recommended if you like tank sims, but don't expect it to be very realistic.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
FozzieLad 2016-04-04 0 point
A tank game which is surprisingly easy to play in my opinion, and thus forfeits any realism in actual tank simulation. Regardless of that, this game has great gameplay.
BeholderGuard 2015-12-18 0 point
One of the best tank simulators of all time! Better than its older brother TEAM YANKEE, and a bit easier than its younger brother WAR IN THE GULF. Whoever plays thus must also play the other two titles, as all three are fantastic games!
Skoll 2009-08-29 2 points DOS version
I remeber this being an extremely difficult tank sim back in the day. You had to manage four different platoons of tanks. Coordinate which tanks went into each platoon, control routes for all of them to setup positions, use camoflouge by staying near the trees etc. Was a bit much for me as a kid, but made it through alot of it. Tons of fun! :P
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- Year: 1992
- Publisher: Empire Software
- Developer: Mystery Machine, The, Oxford Digital Enterprises Ltd.
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