Title Lost Patrol Game Type Combat simulation Publisher Ocean Players 1 Compatibility ? HD Installable ? Submission Richard Hoffmann Review Despite the above category, Lost Patrol is also an action/adventure/RPG cocktail. After a helicopter crashes in the middle of Vietnam, the player has to lead the 7 surviving soldiers into freedom, across 58 miles packed with Vietcong soldiers, camps, and the most feared booby traps. Some soldiers are wounded from the crash; ammo, food & other supplies are limited as well. The area is divided into squares, and the player can move the soldiers along them into 8 directions. The terrain consists of woods, mountains, lakes and fields. The maps also show the position of small villages and some of the larger groups of Vietcong troops which should be avoided of course. While the player moves the soldiers, or sends scouts, a lot of things can happen. Sometimes single Vietcong soldiers needs to be fought in hand-to-hand combat, sometimes larger groups with the help of grenades (somewhat like in the action game P.O.W.) or the player just walks across booby traps which is most annoying. Most important are the villages, one can talk to the citizens here. If the player is lucky, he gets medical supplies, ammo or information about nearby Vietcong troops. The player can beat up or kill one or more of the citizens to frighten the others, and thus sometimes increase the chances of getting anything. The graphics in the game contain a lot of digitized pictures and movies which makes it very special for the time it was released. The gameplay is interesting since there's a virtually unlimited number of ways the player can direct the soldiers through the Vietcong. The game is very tough to solve unless one is really lucky and doesn't encounter too many enemies or booby traps. The only negative thing about the game is that it's somewhat too realistic - a lot of things happening are purely random, and killing innocents who can't defend themselves in order to get some food or ammo ain't really fun either (although you don't actually see that). Sound & Music are good, but the game's soundtrack gets somewhat annoying after playing awhile. Overall the game is definitely a classic & worth a try.