Field of Fire

Kele Line

Status: No Download, Findability: 0/5

Also known as: The Western Game, Fleet of Fire

Another GTW entry for Kele Line games, Field of Fire is not to be confused with the SSI strategy game of the same name that was released in 1985.

The only references to Field of Fire we have comes in an issue of Zzap!64, where the magazine interviewed Kele Line and talked about a few of their upcoming games. As a result, we have no screenshots, code or design notes to see what the game was intended to be.

However, it seems that this game could have been called “Fleet of fire”.

More Kele Line entries… with Western Game the latest casulty to go on that rather long looking list. The game was mentioned in computer magazines, but never seen. One particular source was Computer Action, 1988, issue 2, pg.5 which mentioned the game.

I think we can make the safe assumption that the game was a Western themed game with Cowboys. Just what type of gameplay involved is completely unknown at the moment. It is another one of those dark areas which needs a lot of examination before we can give a full analysis of it.

Contributor ‘Anonymous’ was able to find a snippet in SOFT magazine issue 2 (1987) where the game was named Fleet of Fire (it’s very likely that these games are both the same). The game was offered as a 3rd prize in a competition with the following text:

“[As third prize you get] Kele Line’s next release, “Fleet of fire”, as soon as programming is complete, not a bad thing if you love action. This is because “Fleet of fire” (previously named “The Western Game”) closely resembles “Gun Smoke” from the grill bar machines!”

The competition took place, but no 3rd place winner was ever announced.

It seems that potentially the game was cancelled due to it being a bit too close to Gun Smoke overall, though surely the rename and potential reskin was enough to sneak it out?

As mentioned in the text, the game was originally known as The Western Game, a working title quite clearly – but mentioned in computer magazines such as Computer Action in issue 2, page 5 in 1988.

Do you know anything more about the title?

Contributions: Andrew Partis, Anonymous contributor, Anders

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