Gunship 2000 is a helicopter combat flight simulator created by MicroProse as a sequel to Gunship.
Available vehicles include the AH-1 Cobra, AH-64 Apache, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, MD 530MG, and UH-60 Blackhawk. The game was released in 1991 for DOS, in 1993 for Amiga and one year later a new AGA version (with 256 color graphics) was also published. This is the version you can download from GamesNostalgia.
The game, released in the early 90s, was undoubtedly a huge success, at least for fans of the "simulation" genre. The version I bought was the one for Amiga 500. I must, however, underline some small details, which have a little "weakened" its appeal. The game allowed you to choose between various types of helicopters, but with any helicopter, you decided to start a mission, and you immediately noticed that you could use weapons that had a greater range than that of the target acquisition system!!! For example, you could carry an anti-ship missile type "Penguin", which had a range of 15 km ..... but the acquisition system could not detect any target BEFORE reaching less than 7 km !!! That corresponded to the maximum engagement distance for a less expensive, in terms of weight, "Hellfire" missile. In fact, a Penguin was equivalent to carrying two or maybe four Hellfire missiles, I don't remember well, and since the effectiveness on the target was identical (in the game), explain to me why I would have had to waste space on 2 or 4 Hellfire missiles to carry a single Penguin missile?
Also in the missions I noticed very few enemy tanks. The anti-tank helicopter, it's called that not by chance! Don't you think? And then again, the allied pilots, who participated in the mission, seemed very reluctant to carry out my orders ... In short, the first Gunship, released in 1987, is better!
Anyway, I'd be curious to know if it's possible to release two more games that refer to the simulation of war helicopters. I'm talking about "LONGBOW" AND "LONGBOW2". These last two simulators were both published by "JANE'S Combat Simulation". I would like to recommend these games, not only because in my opinion they are, still today, the best in the simulation of war helicopters, but above all because they required particular hardware. In fact both were rather "reluctant" to agree to run on computers that didn't support their "EXACT" hardware and software requirements!!! In particular, "LONGBOW2", had several problems mainly related to the use of video cards such as "VOODOO".
I would be delighted to see them published in "GAMENOSTALGIA", because in that case, the problems I mentioned would be solved. Not to mention that I would have the opportunity to play these two fantastic simulators again.
Review by: Maurizio Petta
Published: 22 September 2021 7:46 am