Exhibit - Carrier Command (1989)

Carrier Ops

Why is a strategy game about 'Carriers' in the sim museum?

Because it contained a flight sim module, with carrier ops, air-to-air and air-to-ground. Having settled that, read on.

You could monitor damage to your carrier with the amazing 3D wire-frame carrier view. In 1988 wire frame graphics were still pretty exciting. You had to set priorities for your repair crews.

Damage display

One of the very first "Aircraft Carriers" simulated on a personal computer.
One of the very first "Aircraft Carriers" simulated on a personal computer.

This part reminded me of the old "Trek" games, text based starship battle management games. Text based games, haven't played one of those in a while....on second thoughts, why spoil the memory! I had the Atari ST version, a friend had the PC version.... it cracked me up that the enemy carrier steamed away at about 400 knots every time you got near it! I remember chasing that darn thing for weeks! When I finally caught up with it created about 5 saved games and pounded the carrier every which way!