Seal Team simulates American operations in the Vietnam war. Missions include Patrol (kill enemies), Ambush (kill enemies), Demolition (building or well), Rescue (friendlies), Recover (certain object), Snatch (capture enemy leader), and Observe (call in the fire support teams). The player controls a single character giving orders to the others, with his statistics improving as the game progresses.
True to the danger of Vietnam, you can run into traps like tripwire, panji stake pits, and more. As point man, you'll need to "mark" those so the follow-up don't run into the trap.
Seal Team is one of the few games in which you get to see the "riverine" attack boats, including the Swift and PBR's. Sometimes they serve as infiltration and extraction vehicles, other times as fire support.
To simplify gameplay, civilians and VC wear different colors of "pajamas". VC gets black, civilian gets purple. This makes target ID much easier.
SEAL Team is really unique game or a real piece of junk, depending on the player's taste. When it was published, graphics and sound were average, but the idea of gameplay was something original. Still, it never achieved big commercial success, and never made it to the top.
You control a SEAL team in the Mae Khong Delta during the Vietnam War. You receive missions and assemble 4-member team for every one of them. They can be various, ranging from espionage, observing or following to preparing ambush, rescue missions or simple attack-and-demolish ones. You can choose which Seal you wish to take in a mission depending on his skills. Every soldier has his specialty, statistics and character, but not so personal as in Jagged Alliance. You should also put every one of them in the battle so that they gain valuable experience. Otherwise you'll end up with some hardened veterans and lot of "green" soldiers.
Before every mission there is a briefing that will precisely describe what you have to do. You'll usually have some sort of support to aid you. You play with both mouse and keyboard, but it is not complicated. When you choose your Seals, you'll choose who is the leader (that would be you) and you'll see him form the back. You can also set behavior of other 3 Seals during the combat. They usually just follow you and shoot at the enemy or finish small tasks within the mission. There are also little details that look great, such as the small window that will open when the leader shows other Seals hand signals, weapons and so on.
You probably wonder what is so unique in SEAL Team. Never before, and I dare to say never after this one I saw a game that is so realistic. This is nothing like other 3D Doom-like actions. You'll have to move through the jungle, sneak, observe and sometimes to wait for minutes or almost an hour in the ambush. When shooting comes up, you don't go close to the enemy and avoid his bullets like in other 3D games (realistic isn't it?), instead you lie down and shoot towards enemy. You also don't carry tons of bombs and couple millions of bullets and you're not facing 10000 Charleys with your little shotgun. From the drop point you'll have to move to certain spot, and you shouldn't shoot for fun because they can hear you. Also, enemy will not rush out on you but will open fire from their ambush. Still, your Seals don't die the same second they get hit, but over time, like in real life.
Like I said, you'll master the commands quickly with little experimenting. This game would probably be better with better graphics of jungle. At that time, 3D surrounding left for gameplay was enough. If quality of sound is not better then average, then the sound itself is very good. Get near the enemy and hear for yourself.
If you played some 3D shoot-ups and thought how it feels great to rush into the battle, then imagine how it feels to really step into the jungle where one bullet can introduce you to your maker. Feeling that this game can produce, while you slowly progress on your mission, makes this one unique. You cannot compare it with any (and I do mean any) other game. If you are a trigger-maniac, you won't be interested, but if you love realistic simulation, this is something you always wanted to find. Since the game is not popular, it seems that there are much more "trigger-gamers". Therefore, I doubt that this concept of gameplay will be used again, so SEAL Team is surely one and only.
Now the real bad part: game runs very slow in Dosbox. I was unable to start it in XP, so, unless you have old comp or a Win98 near you, you'll need to handle Dosbox much better than I did. The best solution would be to use VDMsound.
One of the best 3D tactical combat simulations, I really don't know why this game never made it into any Hall of Fame. In SEAL Team, you will assemble a 4-member SEAL team to carry out missions in the Mae Khong Delta during the Vietnam War. Missions cover a wide range, including espionage, rescue, recon, and demolition. The game's graphical and sound atmospheres are excellent (you'll know enemies are nearby from the boot-cracking sounds), as is the authenticity of hand signals, weapons, medals, and so on. There are dozens of SEAL commandos under your command, and you must be careful to let them all experience combat, or you might end up with only a handful of veterans but dozens of "green" soldiers. Each commando has different character statistics and specialty, and you will grow quite attached to them as the war wears on (although not to the personal level as Jagged Alliance).
For all its resemblance to other first-person 3D shooters, SEAL Team was definitely not designed for action gamers, because patience and observational skills are key to winning in this game: as in real life, you'll need to wait minutes, or even almost an hour, to ambush enemies successfully. Such long pauses when nothing seems to be going on will doubtless turn trigger-happy gamers off, but those who crave realistic simulation of Vietnam War will be well-rewarded with a very deep and engaging game.
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