Enemy Engaged: RAH-66 Comanche Versus KA-52 Hokum by Feral Interactive is laughably late getting to the Mac. This combat-helicopter simulation first appeared on the PC four years ago. Still, it’s a good game that holds up well. It’s also fun to play.
Enemy Engaged puts you in the cockpits of the RAH-66 Comanche and the KA-52 Hokum, two versatile helicopter gunships developed by the American and Russian military forces, respectively.
The game is divided into three single-player campaigns that put you in plausible (albeit fictional) modern conflicts in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Taiwan. Your missions vary dramatically—everything from performing reconnaissance to providing air support for friendly ground forces. There’s enough here to keep you busy for days or weeks on end.
Each helicopter takes a crew of two to operate. You can choose either to pilot the aircraft or to control the weapons. The computer can take care of the rest, or you can team up with other Mac players over the Internet or on a LAN. The game supports the GameRanger game-finding service.
One of Enemy Engaged’s most interesting features is its dynamic campaign system. This behavior-based system eschews scripted actions so that the game’s events are different each time you play; this seriously amps up the challenge and adds life to the game.
Both helicopters are heavily laden with missiles, electronic countermeasures, and other complicated—and not entirely reliable—equipment. Learning how to control all of it isn’t easy. The game starts out with a ground school that shows you the ins and outs of operating your helicopter. Just learning how to hover and move will occupy your first few hours with this simulator.
A foldout keyboard map in the back of the manual is indispensable as you learn how to operate your aircraft. Feral’s excellent input-calibration utility will let you make sure that everything’s operating as it should before you get started.
The game’s graphics hold up well, despite having been built on a modified version of its 1998 graphics engine. Feral has added some nice modern touches, such as support for full-scene antialiasing, which renders smoother graphics than the blocky engine can natively produce. The radio chatter and realistic sound effects will also help draw you into the action.
The benefit of using an older graphics engine is that it lowers the system requirements. You’ll need just a 600MHz G3 and OpenGL graphics with 16MB of VRAM and OS X to run Enemy Engaged.
The Bottom Line Even though it’s late, Enemy Engaged: RAH-66 Comanche Versus KA-52 Hokum offers a great challenge for flight-simulation fans looking to pilot a modern helicopter gunship.Put yourself behind the controls of a Comanche helicopter in Enemy Engaged.