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- Battletech: The crescent hawk's inception -

Battletech was originally a boardgame created by FASA and it's mostly known these days from the mechwarrior series which featured the large customizeable giant robots with which you can fight. This game was the first to be released based on that universe and you will play the part of Jason Youngblood. Your father is the head of security for your clan and one of the finest mech pilots there is so in tradition you are trying to follow in his steps by attending the academy for mechwarriors. This is where the game begins and where you start the greatest adventure of your life.

When you start you will be able to walk around the training compound and there are many different shops and places of interest to visit. The main lodge will allow you to train for non-mech combat such as pistols and swords and you can visit the hall of legends. The shops here are mostly combat oriented so you can buy weapons and armor which are availble for almost every price from a simple knife to anti-mech weaponry. You will need to have money to be able to buy any of those but luckily you are given an allowance of 15 c-bills after a set amount of time. You can invest this money on the stock market if you're smart and make some extra money which you will need a lot of later. Ofcourse the more risk you take the more money you can make but you can just as easily lose it. Don't forget that your main task is to train as a mech pilot so once in while you should attend classes. Here you will get various missions to complete starting from simply moving the mech to a corner and back to eventually battling another mech in actual combat. If you fail a mission it will not affect your training but you will have to try the same mission again at a later time. Time at the academy passes at set intervals which you can track because after each interval you will gain 15 c-bills on your account at which time it's a good idea to check your investments and see if you've become a rich man or lost your savings. You can also talk to people walking around the academy and altough many of them aren't very usefull you will meet people who will be vital to your quest later.

After a while the training will become more serious until the point where you must face strange mechs that you have not faced before. After a short while it becomes apparent that they are from a rival clan and they have been send to destroy the academy! You won't stand much of a chance against them so your best bet is to run and the only place you can really go to find out what has happened is at the starport. Along the way you might run across enemy soldiers or mechs and even though you always have the option of trying to run it doesn't always work. Combat is turnbased and you will have to set all actions for your turn in advance so you can target each of your weapons on whichever enemy you come across. The problem with mechs is that they overheat easily so do not fire too many big lasers at a time or you will shut down. Luckily you can also choose to let the computer fight for you and it will completely control the fight, you don't even have to see the combat and opt to just see the outcome letting you stay focussed on the rest of the game. After a fight you will pick up any c-bills and weapons soldiers have dropped and you can give them to any of the people in your party or drop them if you don't need it, you cannot store them as you do not have an inventory. Enemy mechs can be stripped for parts or the entire mech can be taken if it's still in reasonable order proving you have to skill to patch it up a bit. When you finally arrive at the starport you will have to find people who are able and willing to help you find out what exactly happened to your father and maybe get revenge on those who destroyed the academy. During your travels you will recruit members, train in new skills like first aid and maybe upgrade your mech to make it even more dangerous if you have the c-bills to do so.

Battletech is game I played many times before as the idea of fighting with huge robots has a lot of appeal to me and many other people. The small graphics don't really capture the feel of huge mechs but that is because this game focusses more on the rpg element than combat. The moneymaking part of the game with the investing is my favorite part despite it being very simple in form. Simply buy stock with the amount risk you want and you're on your way to becoming a rich man or maybe a poor man. Actually it's very easy to become rich if you know how but I'll let you figure it out for yourself but to prove it just look at the millions in my account on the screenshot. The graphics might put off a lot of people at first glance but if you can look past that the game is very enjoyable.

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Apple Released in 1988.
Just when you thought the graphics couldn't get any worse the apple version comes along :)
Atari ST Released in 1988.
There is practically no different between the ST, DOS and amiga versions.
C64 Released in 1988.
I didn't know this excisted for the C64 until I made the review for the game. Graphics are slightly blockier than the others but gameplay is all here.
DOS Released in 1988.
Runs without any problems on windows or dosbox, in fact I used dosbox to gather large amounts of money hehe.
Others This version is not available.
Amiga released in 1988, all versions I tried did not work.

Date added Feb-01-2006 16:10
Name Battletech: The crescent hawk's inception
Developer Westwood
Publisher Infocom
First released 1988
Genre RPG
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Download Apple, filesize: 161 Kb
Atari ST, filesize: 313 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 177 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 413 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 319 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 1 Kb
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