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Platoon - C64 Game Cheats

Game Review & Description

Ah, "Platoon" on the Commodore 64 — a game that boldly attempts to capture the grim reality of war, then pixelates it into an adventure that could only exist in the 8-bit universe. It's as if someone decided to make a game out of the most intense action movie of the 80s, then realized halfway through that they were limited to a palette of chunky sprites and beeper sounds. The result? A surprisingly engaging mash-up of action, strategy, and survival that's as challenging as assembling IKEA furniture without the instructions.

In "Platoon," players are thrust into the boots of a soldier navigating the dangers of the Vietnam War, which in this case means dodging pixelated bullets, navigating mazes of jungle, and engaging in firefights with an enemy that's always just a bit too eager to introduce you to their arsenal. The game is divided into several levels, each offering a new type of challenge, from navigating minefields to defusing bombs, all rendered in glorious 8-bit graphics that make you squint a bit harder to make out the details.

Graphically, "Platoon" is a testament to the Commodore 64's ability to evoke atmosphere with limited resources. The jungle feels oppressive, the enemies menacing, and the action intense, all within the confines of a system that struggles to render more than a handful of colors on screen at once. The sound, meanwhile, does its best to underscore the action with a soundtrack that's equal parts inspiring and anxiety-inducing.

But "Platoon" isn't just a test of your reflexes; it's a battle of wits. Ammo and health are limited, the terrain is treacherous, and the enemy is unforgiving. Success requires patience, strategic thinking, and a willingness to embrace the trial and error that comes with navigating a world where danger lurks behind every tree.

"Platoon" on the Commodore 64 is a challenging, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding experience that offers a glimpse into the complexities of combat, all from the comfort of your computer chair. So grab your joystick, steel your nerves, and dive into the fray. Just remember, in the world of "Platoon," victory is not just about how fast you can move, but how smart you can play.

Platoon C64 Tips and Tricks

For those brave souls ready to take on the challenge of "Platoon" and emerge victorious from the digital jungle, here are a few genuine hints and tips to help you survive:

  1. Conserve Your Ammo: Ammo is in short supply, and while your trigger finger might be itching for action, discretion is often the better part of valor. Aim carefully, and make every shot count.
  2. Learn the Terrain: The jungle is a maze, and knowing your way around can mean the difference between life and death. Pay attention to landmarks, and don't be afraid to backtrack if it means finding a better path.
  3. Use Grenades Wisely: Grenades are a precious commodity and can get you out of tight spots, especially with groups of enemies. Save them for when you really need them.
  4. Stay Alert: The enemy can come from anywhere, and their bullets are just as deadly whether you see them coming or not. Keep your eyes peeled, and move cautiously.

Disk Trick

If you're running Platoon from a C64 5 1/4" disk drive, wait until prompted to turn over the Side B while within the Tunnel Section, but don't. Instead, just hit fire while on Side A to load the Jungle Section instead.

Infinite Grenades (AR)

An easy way for users of Action Replay (or similar) cartridges to bulk up their supply of grenades is to enter POKE 48438,173. This grants the player an unlimited grenade haul. Returning to the game is as simple as entering SYS14063 or SYS7402 if you aren't lucky enough to have an AR cart on hand.

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