Army Men: Air Tactics

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Army Men: Air Tactics
Developer(s) The 3DO Company
Publisher(s) The 3DO Company
Series Army Men
Platform(s) Windows
Release
  • NA: March 8, 2000
Genre(s) Shooter
Mode(s) Single Player

Army Men: Air Tactics is the fifth game in the 3DO Army Men series. The game was released in 2000 exclusively for Microsoft Windows by The 3DO Company. Air Tactics is a helicopter game using the Army Men 2 engine and is only available on the PC.

Overview[edit]

This time the player character was Captain William Blade of the Green Airborne Cavalry. This was a top-down flight sim that placed the player in a number of different helicopters. Captain Blade's main responsibilities is to act as aerial support for Sarge Hawk and his men. This game introduced abilities such as lifting heavy objects and transporting them to other locations, landing on the ground to load/unload soldiers and unique airborne combat not seen in other games. This game contained a number of mini games such as playing air-hockey versus a Tan helicopter, as well as a number of static games.

Story[edit]

The heroic Green Army is back! And this time they're defending the skies from the evil Tan Army with a newly formed helicopter battalion. Meet Captain William Blade, the finest Air Cavalry flyer ever to take to the skies. He's tough, he's smart, and he's fearless. Blade's got the reputation for having nerves of steel and the expertise to take on a brigade of the enemy. His name says it all, for any enemy that gets in his way is going to be cut down. General Plastro, the evil leader of the Tan Army, is up to his usual warmongering. He has enlisted the help of the Insane Gray Doctor, a maniacal genius, who has created a secret force with destructive powers that are simply awesome. You'll find out soon enough the horrific plans Plastro has for taking over the world. His Tan minions, aided by the Insane Gray Doctor's creations, will carry out his evil scheme. Only Captain Blade, with the help of Sarge and a few elite Green soldiers, stand a chance of thwarting global takeover by the wicked Plastro.

During the game the player takes control of Captain Blade of the Green Airborne Cavalry. The game is an overhead view flight simulator that places the player in a number of different helicopters. Captain Blade's main responsibility is to act as aerial support for Sarge and his men. This game introduced abilities such as lifting heavy objects and transporting them to other locations, landing on the ground to load/unload soldiers and featuring unique airborne combat not seen in the other games. Air Tactics is reminiscent of the old Desert and Jungle Strike games: fly around and shoot anything that moves, and hit a few key objects while you're at it. Air Tactics, of course, doesn't take place in deserts or jungles, but instead in real-world settings scaled down to the size of toy soldiers. One mission has you flying through a bathroom, complete with a fortified empty tissue box as an anti-aircraft bunker, a tub filled with boats, and even a rubber ducky on the floor.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 57.44%[1]
Review scores
Publication Score
CGW 2.5/5 stars[2]
GameSpy 57%[3]
IGN 4.5/10[4]

The game was met with mixed reception upon release, as GameRankings gave it a score of 57.44%.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Army Men: Air Tactics for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Army Men: Air Tactics". Computer Gaming World. September 2000. 
  3. ^ Roberts, Dustin (March 31, 2000). "Army Men: Air Tactics". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 21, 2004. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ Adams, Dan (April 5, 2000). "Army Men: Air Tactics". IGN. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 

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