Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Airborne Ranger'

Rating:4 User: WhenIWasCruel

by Canvas (John Gibson, Dawn Drake, Dave Worton)

Ok, I was intrigue by this game BITD, but never had the chance to play it. Crawling in dirty tranches trying to reach distant targets protected by hordes of troops and whatever's. A more sophisticated version of Commando, in which you could help the USA to keep their military supremacy over the world bullying it again and again. Now I've tried it and... yeah, it's just like I thought it was, a more sophisticated Commando game, in which you can multidirectionally walk, run, craw, use different weapons, you have missions to accomplish, maps to refer to, bunkers and cannons to avoid, routes and strategies to adopt, and other stuff. I like the small but detailed graphics, which the reviewer didn't seem to appreciate much, after all the Spectrum (and Amastrad) versions was put in the hands of veterans like John Gibson (Gift From The Gods, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, STONKERS) and Dawn Drake (graphics for Robocop, Target; Renegade, Batman: The Movie). So, not a hot shoot'em up, but a slower and slightly more thoughtful one and good at that.

4/5