Army Men: Air Attack

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Army Men: Air Attack
Army Men Air Attack cover art.jpg
Developer(s)The 3DO Company[a]
Publisher(s)The 3DO Company
SeriesArmy Men
Platform(s)PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows
ReleasePlayStation
  • NA: November 3, 1999[1]
  • EU: July 28, 2000
Nintendo 64
Game Boy Color
  • NA: November 22, 2000[3]
  • EU: November 24, 2000
Microsoft Windows
  • EU: June 22, 2001
Genre(s)Third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Army Men: Air Attack (Army Men: Air Combat for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color versions) is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by The 3DO Company for PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color and Microsoft Windows. The game focuses on aerial combat and features the same protagonist, Cpt. William Blade. It is one of the first Army Men games to be powered by a 3D engine where terrain and units are rendered in real-time.

Overview[edit]

In Army Men: Air Attack, the evil Tan army is making a move into Green territory. Only one man has the ability to stop their advance: Captain William Blade of the Alpha Wolf Squadron.[4] Blade and his ragtag crew of chopper pilots fly in one of four choppers Huey, Chinook, Super Stallion, or Apache through 16 missions of plastic carnage, going through perilous settings like the "Backyard" and the "Picnic".

Plot[edit]

The Green and Tan armies are once again at war, this time by air. Players can select either the Huey, Chinook, Super Stallion or the Apache. In addition to the Tan Army are hordes of insects that players must also fight off. Players must protect tanks, trucks, other helicopters, a train, a teddy bear, and a UFO.

The players pilot one of four helicopters through the treacherous terrain of the backyard, picnic areas, and nearby beaches, engaging in Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground combat with enemies ranging from battleships to butterflies. They can utilise the unique abilities of each airship to capture giant Teddy Bears, blow up sand castles, and save Sarge from being melted by kids with a magnifying glass. The main character is a Green Air Cavalry pilot named Captain William Blade. This game has over 12 missions with three extra choppers to unlock. The first helicopter is a Huey, then a Chinook, a Super Stallion, and finally an Apache. There are also three extra co-pilots to unlock. The first pilot is 'Woodstock', then 'Rawhide', next is 'Hardcore', and lastly Sargent Hawk. Captain William Blade, the leader of the newly formed Alpha Wolf Battalion, does battle against the Tan empire in both the real world and plastic world.

An extra co-pilot, ‘Bombshell’ (addressed as Felicity in-game) can be unlocked after beating the game's campaign.

Reception[edit]

Jeff Lundrigan reviewed the PlayStation version of the game for Next Generation, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "it's got lots of cool ideas and good looks. All it needs is more levels, better gameplay balance, and a faster pace".[15]

The Nintendo 64 version received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ported to Game Boy Color by Fluid Studios and ported to Microsoft Windows by Aqua Pacific.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010417131203/http://www.3do.com/investors/pr_110399.html
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010417135849/http://www.3do.com/investors/pr_071800.html
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20011014121430/http://www.3do.com/investors/pr_112200.html
  4. ^ a b Wilton, Pete (February 2000). Official UK Playstation Magazine - Issue 055 (Future Publishing)(GB). p. 128.
  5. ^ Nguyen, Cal. "Army Men: Air Attack (PS) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Army Men: Air Attack (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2000.
  7. ^ "REVIEW for Army Men: Air Combat (N64)". GameFan. 2000.
  8. ^ The D-Pad Destroyer (August 11, 2000). "Army Men Air Combat Review for N64 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 22, 2004. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  9. ^ Scary Larry (November 24, 1999). "Army Men Air Attack Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on April 6, 2005. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  10. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (August 2, 2000). "Army Men: Air Combat Review (N64)". GameSpot. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  11. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (October 27, 1999). "Army Men: Air Attack Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  12. ^ Harris, Craig (March 14, 2001). "Army Men Air Combat (GBC)". IGN. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  13. ^ Boulding, Aaron (July 19, 2000). "Army Men: Air Combat (N64)". IGN. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  14. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (November 23, 1999). "Army Men: Air Attack (PS)". IGN. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  15. ^ a b Lundrigan, Jeff (January 2000). "Finals". Next Generation. Vol. 3 no. 1. Imagine Media. p. 97.
  16. ^ "Army Men: Air Combat (GBC)". Nintendo Power. 140: 135. January 2001.
  17. ^ "Army Men: Air Combat (N64)". Nintendo Power. 133. June 2000.
  18. ^ "Army Men: Air Attack". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 2000.
  19. ^ "Army Men: Air Combat for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  20. ^ "Army Men: Air Combat for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  21. ^ "Army Men: Air Attack for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  22. ^ a b "Army Men: Air Combat for Nintendo 64 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 13, 2015.

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