Team Yankee is a war simulation game developed by Oxford Digital Enterprises Ltd, set in the 'Cold war'. The game is based on a book
by Harold Coyle, also named Team Yankee. It was released in 1990 on the DOS platform.
The premise is set in an alternate reality where the Soviet army, after gaining an advantage in the Cold War, decided to launch
a military campaign into Central Europe. The Soviet tanks are on the prowl and will destroy anything they lay their eyes on.
The main protagonist in the game is Commander Sean Bannon, who leads a contingent of tanks with the objective of destroying as many
Soviet tanks as possible. The game features some of the most advanced tanks of those times like Abrams M1, T-72, Bradley, and T-62.
There are a total of five missions, each starting with briefing sessions where the player is briefed on the objectives of the mission,
and also gets useful intel on the enemy locations. The tanks are equipped with all modern artillery like machine guns, lasers,
TOW missiles, and SABOTs. The tanks also have infrared light to help them operate at night and navigate through smoke and dense forests.
The game provides a first-person perspective, and the player can choose to control any specific tank or all tanks from their point
of view. The game also offers a Split-screen feature which the player can use to get a broader view of the entire battlefield.
It also enables the player to give instructions to four different platoons at the same time. The game also allows change of weapons.
Oxford Digital Enterprises Ltd.
Oxford Digital Enterprises Ltd., also known as ODE, was a software development studio founded in 1983 by David Pringle when he met Gareth Blower while working on mainframe computers.
Their first program was called Macbeth and based on the play by William Shakespeare. Their first popular game was Titanic: The Recovery Mission, released in April 1986 by Electric Dreams Software and they also did Trivial Pursuit for Domark in the same year.
In 1993 Oxford Digital was acquired by Empire Interactive Europe Ltd. and became Empire Oxford, an internal Empire studio. The new team included all of ODE's employees.
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