Vietnam Gunboat was a title listed in the Screen Test Budgets section of ACE magazine (Issue 20, May 1989 – Page 66) as coming soon.
The game however never surfaced and doesn’t seem to have come out on any other platforms, even though Spectrum was listed as one of the platforms to expect a release.
We know nothing about the game either, and there were no games that Players released that featured the subject of Vietnam or Gunboats.
However, Martin/Stadium64 got in touch recently and informed us that there was an article briefly on the game in Swedish Datormagazinet Issue #4/1989. (Released in March). The group Groovy Bits were working on the game after Players presented them with the game idea.
Originally, Groovy Bits had got in touch with Players and submitted them a game called Squad One, which was too similiar to other games and didn’t want it. They instead presented them with the Vietnam Gunboat game idea and got them working on the title. At the stage of the interview in the magazine, they had completed the game’s intro sequence.
Sadly no more was ever heard about the title, and it disappeared for good. Thanks to Martin, we can at least now add the credits for the game in some shape or form and we hope soon that this may lead to finding something of the game and find out what happened.
Contributions: Martin of Stadium 64