8. Rocket Ranger
Another game from those geniuses at Cinemaware, Rocket Ranger casts the player as a US army scientist who flies around the world on his rocket pack, shooting down warplanes and punching Nazis.
The game is designed to look and feel like a 1950s sci-fi serial, with beautiful cut-scenes and stunning visuals all adding to the atmosphere. It's made up of a variety of mini-games, with fairly uneven levels of difficulty ultimately meaning that few players made it all the way through.
These mini games include dogfighting with a Luftwaffe squadron, attacking a ground base (with the one taking place in a South American jungle a particular favourite), and a fist-fight with a Nazi soldier.
Each mini game ramps up in difficulty as the player progresses through the game, with the fist-fight in particular becoming almost impossible even by the middle stages. And given the fact that there's no save or checkpoint option, it was often losing these fights that resulted ultimately in a Nazi World War II victory, and defeat for the player (lovingly rendered in game as enormous Zeppelins over the White House).
Released in 1988, Rocket Ranger received great critical acclaim, winning the ‘Best 16-bit Graphics of the Year' gong at the Golden Joystick Awards.
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