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Bradley Trainer
Box artwork for Bradley Trainer.
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari
Release date(s)
Genre(s) First-person shooter
System(s) Arcade
Mode(s) Single player
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Bradley Trainer (also known as Military Battlezone, or Army Battlezone) is a first-person shooter arcade game that was developed by Atari for the US Army in 1981; as its alternative names imply, it is a remake of Battlezone, which was released in the previous year (in fact, it still displays the name "Battlezone" on its title screen, although it does not have the red and green overlays on its monitor).

Overview[edit]

The gunner-in-training must use a yoke controller to revolve and change the elevation of the virtual Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle's turret; the tank itself is not under his control and moves by itself. The enemy tanks and helicopters (the latter of which replaced the Flying Saucers) will not fire at it - and the only way to end the game is to either run out of ammunition or accidentally shoot a friendly tank (or helicopter!). The tank has three different weapons (a 25-millimetre cannon, 7.62-millimetre coaxially mounted machine-gun and TOW missile launcher with twin tubes); the panel to the left of the cabinet's periscope-like viewfinder also features a "Range" control, which sets the height of the gun before the gunner-in-training fires it, and a "Magnification" switch, which increases the level of magnification from 3 to 10. However, to the right of that viewfinder, there is a switch for arming the TOW missiles - and once the gunner-in-training fires one, he can guide it with a laser sight into an enemy target or the ground if he overshoots it. Finally, to the right of the yoke controller, there are seven buttons, for selecting either the "armor-piercing" or "high-explosive" bullets, "single-shot" or "continuous-fire" triggers, and switching to the 7.62-millimetre machine gun; it is also worth noting that although only two instances of this game were ever produced (and one of these is presumed destroyed) it has since become available to non-military personnel the world over through MAME.