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ZOOM Apache
$9.95 (DOS) (Retail) (APACHEPR)

Digital Integration / Interactive Magic

Game

Ratings:

95% from PC Gamer - Editors' Choice

4 1/2 stars from CD-ROM Today

Top-rated DOS Flight Simulator

Apache is a landmark in multimedia entertainment, offering action, stunning visual effects, and long-lasting appeal. You are quickly pulled into down-in-the-dirt action without ever compromising authenticity or depth of game play.

Apache was the first helicopter simulation to use 3-D visual technology tproviding unprecedented low-altitude detail and clarity. Apache offers various levels of play, preplanned missions, and a responsive user interface that launches you into game play immediately.

For more experienced players, Apache offers complex features such as detailed mission planning and advancing levels of play after each combat mission is successfully completed.

Features

  • 3-D visual technology optimized to provide unprecedented low altitude detail
  • Realistic flight simulation of the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache Longbow
  • Accessible to players at all levels, from novices to hard-core gamers
  • Built-in mission planner
  • SVGA Screen Resolution (up to 640x480 with 256 colors)
  • Unique mission structure, from single-player training to multiplayer campaigns.
  • Multiplayer networking (up to 8 players in 2 teams)

System requirements

  • IBM PC or 100% compatible
  • 486SX/33 MHz processor
  • 8 MB RAM
  • Double-speed CD-ROM drive
  • VESA-compatible video driver
  • 256-color SVGA (800 x 600) monitor
  • MS-DOS 5.0 or higher, or Windows 95 installed, preferably maintaining the previous DOS configuration
  • 100% Microsoft-compatible mouse and driver
  • 100% Sound Blaster-compatible sound card (digital and FM/MIDI audio)
  • Dedicated game card highly recommended for joysticks, throttles, and foot pedals

DOS programs will not run on Windows Me or XP!

Reviews:

PC Gamer, October 1995

"My first sim was MicroProse's Gunship, and I was hooked. I pounded through those missions into the wee hours, working hard to fly those helos in authentic mode and do some damage. The sequel, Gunship 2000, was even better, but since then, it's been a long, dry spell for helicopter simulations....until Apache."

"When you choose full realism in Apache, you'll find yourself confronted with these challenges from the minute you enter the game. Just getting the chopper airborne and flying straight and level, negotiating changes in terrain and altitude, and feeling your way along waypoints takes a great deal of practice. Luckily, Apache provides some options. First, there's an arcade flight mode, which treats the collective a simple altitude control and cyclic as a directional throttle - the helicopter just moves when and how you tell it to, without observing any real rules of aerodynamics. This makes learning the weapons and battlefield tactics necessary for mastering missions much easier, but subtracts substantially form the challenge and realism of the sim."

"I can't say enough good things about Apache. Its gameplay ranges from fast arcade shooting to rigidly realistic combat flight models, and it does it all well. It's been a long time since I've been this hooked by a sim. Maybe it was the long wait for another good helo sim, but I think it's more likely the fact that Apache is an excellent sim, period. Don't miss this one."

CD-ROM Today, December 1995

"Helicopter sims, and flight sims in general, seem to be a dime a dozen. But it's been a long time since a groundbreaking and fun title has been released. By today's standards, the ideal flying sim would combine the accuracy of Falcon 3.0 with the playability of an arcade game. Apache, the flagship title from Interactive Magic, does more than meet those requirements - it redefines them."

"With such diverse game play and effective technical features, Apache is a sheer delight for any gamer. Whether you like flight sims or enjoy a game with plenty of action, Apache will propel you to a new level."

Computer Shopper, January 1996

"Interactive Magic's Apache, on the other hand, is a serious simulator. Much of what the player sees while playing the game aptly reproduces what an actual Apache pilot would see, from the acurately re-created cockpit and gunner views, to the helmet-mounted display, forward-looking Infra-Red, and night vision. According to an Apache pilot who tested the game, using the game's helmet display makes the experience virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, except that in the game you cannot aim your cannon by moving your head, Heaset support for VR would have been particularly useful."

"Apache also provides seemingly authentic battle conditions. Both enemy and friendly forces behave realistically; you quickly feel that you're but a small factor in a larger equation - especailly when a flight of A-10's swoop in just as you're bringing a target into range, leaving nothing but wreckage. The game has helpful training missions to keep you from becoming a 'burning hulk of magnesium.' The game provides interesting premises for single missions or campaigns in such simulated locations as Cyprus, Yemen, or North Korea. The mission briefings include an excellent map view that supplies satellite or 3-D fly-by views of any point on the map."

"In fact, one pilot commented that since Apache pilots spend so much time in simulators anyway, they would do well to just stay home and play this game."

"The flight model and mechanics are entirely realistic."
5 of 5 stars

Next Generation

"The King of chopper sims."

The Washington Post

"Apache could send you into a game-induced loss of consciousness.

The Army Times

Description Courtesy of Interactive Magic. For more information, check out http://www.imagicgames.com



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