Pearl Harbor: Defend the Fleet Image

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  • Summary: If you LOVED the movie and feel the need to get some of your own trigger time, try this simple arcade shooter which finds you as a deck gunner defending the Pacific Fleet against waves of incoming Japanese fighters, bombers, and kamikazees.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. For the hour or so at a time that Pearl Harbor retains our interest, it is an immersive experience packed with just enough war-movie realism to achieve a sense of drama. Which means this would have made a fun shareware game or a much lower-priced bargain bin favorite.
  2. The length of the game is roughly equal to the time spent viewing the film, plus or minus the time needed to get popcorn.
  3. This may be amusing to a casual gamer, or even a beginner. Replay value is negative zero.
  4. 53
    Fleet isn't much more than a graphically sophisticated shooting gallery. There's no strategy, no multiplayer, and very little reason to keep playing after the third or fouth level.
  5. It's an old-school shoot-'em-up that would have been right at home in a 1980s arcade. Unfortunately, it would have been the dusty game in the corner that no one played...Games like "Defender" and "Missile Command" offered more challenging and exciting gameplay along the same lines 20 years ago. Toss this one in the harbor.
  6. After I got bored playing this game for all of 30 minutes I took the CD outside in my backyard -- it makes for one fine Frisbee, not to mention the hours of fun my black lab and I had.
  7. There's no motivation for the player to keep going, no tension that builds, no interest in the new weapons, no in-depth strategies, in fact it's just a generally vacuous experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. JackO.
    Jul 9, 2001
    It gets boring after 35 minutes of the game!
  2. Herman
    Dec 27, 2002
    It gets boring very quickly. The game developer should have made different locations such as the airport to make it less boring. The graphics are not up to today's standards except the bullets and the planes. The background is dull. Expand
  3. MafiaGuy
    Nov 1, 2003
    This plain sucks - a waste of your time...and money :(
  4. Oct 13, 2014
    To be honest, I did have fun with this game because I was just a child back then. Now that I'm older, I have pretty much lost my rose-coloured glasses. Repetitive is the word to describe this. Enemies lack in variety, and so do locations (like about 3). Sure it's Pearl Harbour and there's not many places to go, but the game doesn't really have to be all centered around Pearl Harbour. Even back in 2001, this game is hard to recommend and it's still hard to recommend because there are similar games like this on the web or on Android or iPhone which are even more fun and for free. Don't waste your time. Expand