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 hardcore vets can fly extra hazardous duty missions -- usually a 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: the underslung short-range gatling gun is deadly against almost all targets, the unguided rocket pods are excellent against soft targets, while your guided Hellfire 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.Reviewed by: Vangelis