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Science fiction meets the real world in the parallel timeline adventure Codename Eagle. In this alternate world set in the 1920s, Russia is the dominant force on Earth, a situation brought about by the acquisition of the throne by power-hungry Tsar Pietre, whose father was assassinated in 1917. Wanting to prove his cunning and might, Tsar Pietre unleashes a devastating Russian war machine on the rest of the world and is well on the way to total global control.
Only one group stands in the way of Tsar Pietre and his quest for world domination — a covert operation force known as Shadow Command. Established by the countries yet to be subjugated by Russia, this elite commando-style group led by Red, your character, is faced with the challenge of 12 vast missions designed to thwart the spread of the Russian blight by eliminating key targets. Once accomplished, the Russian war machine will grind to a halt and the world will be rescued.
Missions in Codename Eagle start with a briefing that establishes objectives and end, succeed or fail, with a debriefing that contains a varying degree of information. Successfully completing a mission gives you the option of proceeding to the next one or replaying it. The latter option is offered since it is possible to finish a mission without completing all of the specific tasks — tasks that can lead to acquisition of new weapons or items as well as encountering new characters with additional information.
Codename Eagle combines elements of combat, first- and third-person perspective, adventure and action in a 3D rendered world featuring the Russian landscape of the 1920s. As the Alliance, your arsenal includes ten weapons (knife, revolver, shotgun, sniper rifle, machine gun, grenades, bombs, bazooka, gas gun and flame-thrower), equipment such as tool kits, fuel tanks, skis and time bombs and various pickup items during your mission.
Items include ammo clips, explosive packs, gas canisters, bandages, medical kits, gas masks, armor and flak jackets. A stable of vehicles is available as well, including trucks, tanks, planes, motorcycles, boats, torpedo boats and armored cars. Armor comes in two classes, light and heavy.
The interface in Codename Eagle supports customizable keyboard controls and mouse input. Multi-player action (up to 16 players) consists of three major game types: deathmatch (player vs. player), team play (team vs. team) and capture the flag (team vs. team), all scored via point systems. The game has a maximum limit of nine saved games at any one time. A downloadable strategy guide is available at the Talonsoft website (as of April 2000).
Ready to save the world from Russian tyranny? Step into a parallel universe in Codename Eagle and give it your best shot! ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide