Paratroopers (Rabbit) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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By Rabbit
Commodore 64

Published in Home Computing Weekly #50

A game for people with limited skill and a perverted sense of humour.

You have control of a gunner, who has to shoot down helicopters and the paratroopers who jump out of them. Every now and then a bomber comes over. You cannot shoot these, but must shoot or dodge the bombs they drop.

You have only one life, which you lose if a bomb or a paratrooper lands on you. If you allow too many paratroopers to land, they march off and fetch a tank to shoot you with; your controls freeze when this happens, so you just have to sit there and wait to be blown up.

The graphics are very good. The gun rotates nicely, and the helicopters and tank are very well drawn. Sound effects are limited to boom! boom! bang!

You can choose vertical or angled fire, a stationary or mobile gun base, single shot or rapid fire. I found rapid vertical fire with a mobile base was best. The game still didn't last long, though.

It seems a shame that such good graphics and programming should have been wasted on a game like this.


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