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Game #61
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Apache Longbow   (a.k.a. Apache Gunship)  View all Top Dogs in this genre
Simulation   Flight - Military

Rating: 8.33 (154 votes)

Apache Longbow box cover

Apache Longbow screenshot
Digital Integration's first successful foray into the helicopter simulator market was very successful. Sporting a very realistic flight model which could be dumbed down to beginner levels, Apache Longbow had everything. The cockpit is very realistic as well as the weapons modelling. However, two problems existed in this game. First, the graphics, while very clear in their SVGA glory, couldn't actually produce the rolling landscape a helicopter deserves, having you stuck in some plains, with a hill here and there, and the occasional valley. Second, there is no texture mapping, just simple shaded polygons. While this didn't bother me, some people were spoiled by the latter AH-64D Longbow from Jane's, which had rolling terrain, texture mapping and better sound. The sound is nothing exceptional, but not terrible by any means.

What one has in this game is a very immersive helicopter sim, whose strong points are flight modelling, the mission planner (straight from Tornado) and the ability to connect it with other games (namely Hind). Later, DI added 3DFX support in a patch that can be downloaded from various sites. This improved graphics quality a bit, and bumped up the frame rate considerably.

If you get Hind, be sure to check this one out, because it you put the two games head to head, you will have a blast. Similar games include Longbow 2, Team Apache and Apache Havoc.

Reviewed by: Tiago

Designer: Unknown
Developer: Digital Integration
Publisher: Interactive Magic
Year: 1995
Software Copyright: Digital Integration
Theme: Modern
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System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Hind, Tomahawk, Gunship 2000

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