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- Train - escape to Normandy, the -

There are plenty of games around that have something to do with world war 2 but this one isn't quite what you'd expect. It is near the end of the war and Germany in a last ditch attempt to have something to negotiate about has stolen priceless art and treasures from France and they are about to be shipped to Berlin in a train. As a member of the French resistance you and a wounded colleage are now the only hope to bring the captured train and it's treasure to safety. You must travel from Metz to Normandy where the allies now control France and along the way avoid the Germans where possible or fight to the end.

As the game starts you are put directly into action as you are under fire from the trainstation in Metz, your partner is running to change the train to the correct track which is actually the difficulty selector. Your job is to give him covering fire with your trusty machinegun and if you make it out you can take control of the train directly. Driving a train might sound easy but since you are along you'll have to do the work of many at once, apart from operating the train and keeping the steamengine filled with coal you also have to take control of the roofmounted guns when you are under attack from enemy airplanes.

You'll need to check the map regularly as well as there might be different paths you must take and enemy controlled bases cannot be passed until you take out any resistance. Bridges for instance will have gunboats trying to take you out and stations should be a priority because you can get supplies or send information to your resistance friends. They can help take out upcoming bridges or stations but they will also inform you of damage to the tracks in which case you might have to double back. The three difficulty levels are also well done as the easiest will slowly let you get used to the game but the others will instantly send in fighters just after you leave Metz. Tracks will also have much more damage and you will need to use the help of the resistance to the fullest to make it to Normandy.

I used to play the train quite a lot and although driving a train might not sound like the most interesting thing to do there is plenty of things to do. Keeping the train running, the boiler heated but not overheated and fending off aircraft is enough to keep you busy between stations especially on the harder difficulty levels. The medium and hard modes are quite a challenge because they add the problem of fatigue, ie damage to the train will over time add up and you will have to be more carefull. All in all a very enjoyable game and well worth a try.

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for four different systems here are some notes:
Amstrad CPC Released in 1988.
This looks a bit like the C64 version but it plays real jerky.
C64 Released in 1987.
This was the original version and although graphically a bit below the DOS version, playability is much better than the rest.
DOS Released in 1988.
Graphically the strongest but also very jerky.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1988.
This is the most like the Amstrad version but it's not only jerky but the collision detection isn't very good either making this the worst version.

Date added Mar-02-2007 16:44
Name Train - escape to Normandy, the
Developer Artech Digital Entertainments, Inc.
Publisher Accolade
First released 1987
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 37 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 67 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 148 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 32 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 1057 Kb
This is the scanned manual.
Solve / Docs No solve available
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