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Vietnam ‘65

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counter-insurgency (COIN) war to secure the Ia Drang valley, on the border with Cambodia.

In order to win the Hearts and Minds of the local population you will need to search for and destroy the Vietcong (VC) insurgents, who infiltrate from the Ho Chi Minh trail and destabilize the province by intimidating the locals, laying mines and ambushing your forces.

The insurgents also have a bigger brother, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). This well trained, conventional army have much wider ambitions than the VC, they want to take total control of the valley, a stepping stone to unifying North Vietnam with the South under communist rule.

The NVA conducts operations from across the border, primarily aimed at supporting the insurgency and launching offensives when the time is right.
To carry out your COIN mission, co-ordination of ground troops, special forces, artillery, mechanized units, training of local forces (ARVN) and airmobile assets is essential, but of greater consequence is winning the support of the local population. With greater co-operation from the local inhabitants comes the reward of intelligence, a key factor in COIN warfare.

The war is not fought in isolation, so as the commander of the US forces, you will have the added complexity of managing the support for the war back home, should you the lose the Hearts and Minds of the American people, the war will also be surely lost.
This is a game that captures the true essence of the Vietnam War, where airmobile operations are paramount, fire support bases play a critical role and air strikes can save the day.

Rise through the ranks and watch your personalized uniform transform from a junior Lieutenant to General as you relive the Vietnam War.

  • Hearts and Minds victory conditions
  • Political support model
  • Full range of US units including transport helicopters, APC’s, armor, Gunships, Engineers etc
  • Firebases and artillery support
  • Special Forces operations (Green Berets)
  • Operational intelligence map
  • Training of South Vietnamese Army (ARVN)
  • Napalm strikes
  • Medevacs and in field repairs
  • Minesweeping and ambushes
  • Full logistical model
  • Road and base construction
  • NVA offensives
Release date
Every Single Soldier
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (Shader Model 2+)
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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Army Superior Citation
Achieve 5 consecutive kills of VC units using US infantry.
Purple Heart
Lose more than two transport helicopters in one game.
Vietnam Service Medal
Win a game
Infantry Competency Class 1
Kill 25 NVA.
National Defence Service Medal
Achieve 3 consecutive kills with infantry.
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Vietnam ‘65 reviews and comments

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Seek and Destroy! Who doesn't know this Command Slogan from the Time of the Vietnam War. That'S what this English-language game from Slitherine is all about. I recently discovered this Gem for myself last Year. At first inconspicuous with the tried and tested Hexfeld Strategy, this Lap game has fist-thick behind its Ears. The Goal is to achieve a Minimum Score at the End of about 45 Rounds, to explore the Majority of the Playing card and destroy enemy Troops in the process. The Opponent should be either colloquially of the "Vietcong" or the "North Vietnamese Army." To accomplish this Task, Infantry, armored Vehicles, transport Helicopters, Artillery and Air support in The Form of armed Helicopters or turn-based F4 air strikes are Available To the player. The "Seek" is implemented in such a way that, starting from a Main Base, individual Villages are served with Infantry. The Infantry should now secure these Villages on a regular basis, tracking down, of course, suspected Opponents. Since the Troops and Helicopters naturally consume Material, the corresponding Supplies must also be brought in by Helicopters. The Player now faces the Challenge of establishing appropriate Intermediate landing Points with a view to the maximum Flight ranges, so that the Helicopters can refuel themselves and the Troops can be supplied with Supplies. The Enemy is randomly on the way to lay Mine Traps or from the Ambush with the Tank Fist sometimes shoot down one or the Other Helicopter. The Whole thing is also Garnished with the dreaded Rain, which then literally drops the required Air Strikes into the Water. Depending on combat and Exploration Success, there are Victory points and Money to buy additional Troops. One's infantry differs in normal Infantry and "Green Berets." The Latter have weaker Combat Values, but the Exploration Range is higher and there is the Possibility of training South Vietnamese Infantry In upstream bases. This can then be used immediately after Training. You shouldn't take too much Time in exploring, otherwise the Opponents come especially from the left side of the playing Card more and more frequently and even then also with Armored Vehicles. With the latest Version of the Game, not only can you play The Difficulty of "Normal" and "Veteran" (lower Seed capital), but also a "Custom" Setting can be chosen, with the Number of laps and a higher Starting Capital Playable. In the End, depending on the Number of successful Games, there are Awards in the Form of Promotion Points and Orders.
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