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For other uses, see Lost Patrol (disambiguation). The Lost Patrol Developer(s) Shadow Development Publisher(s) Ocean Software Ltd Designer(s) Simon Cooke, Ian G.Harling Composer(s) Chris Glaister (Amiga), Jonathan Dunn (Atari ST) Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS Release date(s) 1990 Genre(s) Action role-playing game Mode(s) Single player Rating(s) Banned in Germany[1] Media/distribution Floppy disks Lost Patrol (or The Lost Patrol) is a survival action role-playing game with strategy elements developed by the team Shadow Development and published by Ocean Software Ltd for Amiga computers in 1990 and the Atari ST in 1991; a DOS version was also released by Astros Productions. Despite their appearance, all graphical cut scenes except the black and white in-game animations are hand drawn, not digitized. Lost Patrol is also infamous for its copy protection in the Amiga version. When players make it to the second section of the game map, if the game is pirated, all team members' morale drops to zero and they end up killing Weaver, thus ending the game. Contents 1 Story 2 Gameplay 3 Characters 4 Reception 5 References 6 External links Story The game is set during the Vietnam War, where on June 7, 1965, a U.S. helicopter returning troops from a R&R break in Saigon crashes in remote Central Highlands of Vietnam. Seven American soldiers, survivors of the crash, face the task of trekking across 58 miles of harsh terrain infested with booby traps and enemy soldiers and make their way to Du Hoc, the nearest U.S. military base. The team has little food or ammunition and their chances of making it home are slim. Gameplay The player assumes the role of Sergeant Charlie Weaver, the only man left to take charge of the surviving crew. The player must learn the characteristics of the team, as completing the mission may hinge upon character reactions to the player's decisions, and then try to keep the group's morale high (or risk being fragged) and fatigue low, managing the dwindling resources (food rations, ammunition, hand grenades and Claymore mines) and fending off the enemy. The game also features action sequences: Hand to hand combat - Scouts would at times encounter lone VC guerrilla guarding an arms or supply bunker. The player must defeat the opponent in unarmed combat, using a choice of keyboard or joystick controls. If the player fails to defeat the opponent before a timer expires, that soldier is assumed missing in action and is no longer available. Firefight - The player mans an M-60 machine gun against a group of the VC, trying to be neither killed nor over-run; hand grenades may be also used against the enemy. Machine gun nest - The squad encounters one or more entrenched machine gun positions of the NVA and the player must eliminate them by hurling hand grenades from the first-person perspective. Snipers - The squad is pinned down by enemy sniper fire, requiring the sniper(s) to be located and disposed of. The player can chose which member of the team will assume the role of the shooter, with skill levels varying. To locate the position of the sniper(s), a magnified view of the terrain is visible through the scope of the player's rifle, which he must use to locate the flashes of enemy fire. Mine field - The squad would at times have to cross mine fields laid by enemy forces to defend an entry to a bunker. Mine fields are visible on the map, but the booby traps are not (the only solution is to move slowly in an areas that may be mined). To successfully navigate the mine field, the player must choose a member of the squad to crawl through the minefield, stabbing at the ground along the way to check for explosives, before time limit runs out. The player may always try to retreat from each encounter, but this is risky, too. The group may also encounter local Vietnamese (Montagnards in the mountains) civilians, including while entering villages visible on the map. A range of options is then available, from searching area to killing one or even all of civilians. The player may also attempt to communicate with the locals (in a friendly talk or a hard interrogation) using the key words typed from keyboard (for example, typing "VC" to ask for enemy forces). Characters Sgt. Charlie Weaver U.S Residence: Springfield, Illinois. Status: 5'9" ; 153 pounds 29 years old, single. 10 months active service in Vietnam on W.H.A.M. mission, intelligence. Decorated for valour during action in the An Lộc Province during October 1964. Weaver's death ends the game. Pvt. Richard Bachman U.S. Residence: Bangor, Maine. Status: 5'10" ; 161 pounds 28 years old, single. Six months active service in Vietnam. Highly proficient marksman and thus useful in the sniping sections of the game. Pvt. William Blom U.S. Residence: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Status: 6'1" ; 168 pounds 24 years old, married, one child. Six months active service in Vietnam. Aikido 2nd dan. Due to his background as a martial artist, Blom is useful in the Hand ot Hand sections. Pvt. David Cain U.S. Residence: West Liberty, Kentucky. Status: 6'0" ; 163 pounds 27 years old, single. Seven months active service in Vietnam. Pvt. Robert Case U.S. Residence: Columbus, Ohio. Status: 5'11" ; 147 pounds 31 years old, married, 2 children. Nine months active service in Vietnam. Case is also proficent with the rifle, making him very useful in sniping sections, just like Bachman. Pvt. Juan Gomez U.S. Residence: Montgomery, Texas. Status: 5'6" ; 132 pounds 24 years old, married, two children. Nine months active service in Vietnam. Gomez is invaluable in the game as he is more likely detect booby traps in the map if made squad leader. He is also capable of entering Viet-Cong holes found around the game. (Like the one found in the first village.) Pvt. Harvey Moore U.S. Residence: Fayetteville, North Carolina. Status: 5'8" ; 162 pounds 22 years old, single. Six months active service in Vietnam. Reception The game received mostly positive reviews, including the scores of 79% in Amiga Format, 83% in CU Amiga and 89% in Zero.[2] References ^ BPjS / BPjM indexed games - MobyGames ^ The Lost Patrol - Lemon Amiga External links Lost Patrol at MobyGames Lost Patrol, The Amiga - HOL database The Lost Patrol - Webshrine