[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Fly in the Face of Reality

April 14th, 2008 by Benj Edwards

CA Products Virtual Pilot Flight Yoke Controller PC AdTom's congenital lack of eyeballs had never been an obstacle…until now.

[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, November 1992 ]

Discussion topic of the week: What's your favorite flight simulator software of all time?

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18 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Fly in the Face of Reality”

  1. Kitsunexus Says:

    Probably either Silent Thunder: A10 Tank Killer 2, or Star Fox.

  2. Matt Says:

    Definitely Gradius. That counts, right?

  3. Multimedia Mike Says:

    I would have to say Pilotwings for the SNES. At least, that was the most sophisticated flight sim I ever played.

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  5. SQLGuru Says:

    Ok, back on topic….

    A10 Tank Killer (the original) was the one I always went back to…..it was fun and easy enough and blowing stuff up was easy that way. LHX (helicopter) was another one that I would spend a good bit of time with.

    And if we're just talking "flight", Wing Commander was awesome.

    Layne

  6. Turkey Hunter Says:

    I was really into F-15 Strike Eagle and Gunship.

  7. Benj Edwards Says:

    I enjoyed playing F-19 quite a bit back in the day. Also F-22 Retaliator — and don't forget Top Gun for the NES. :)

  8. Geoff V. Says:

    FS II for the Apple II claimed hours and hours of my youth.
    Space-Sim for Pentium was also very fun.
    A-10 may be my favorite.

  9. Benj Edwards Says:

    Did anybody else like Star Raiders for the Atari 800? Man, that blew me away as a kid. I really felt like I was flying through space.

  10. Daniel Says:

    I always liked Flight Simulator by… Sublogic was it?

  11. Geoff V. Says:

    Benj, how could I have forgotten Star Raiders? It was one of the few games of that era that seemed to draw you into the game play.

  12. Zoyous Says:

    Daniel… I think you're right. If it's the one I'm thinking of, the landscape was a square grid. There was a flat range of mountains on the perimeter which weren't solid. You could fly through, and a little ways beyond the edge of the grid you would wrap around to the other side.

    Then, Flight Simulator 2.0 had Chicago and NYC. I can't count how many times I crashed trying to land at O'Hare Intl Airport.

  13. Dennis - SGMM Says:

    TIE Fighter. It had a storyline, complex controls, cutscenes and characters. Groundbreaking.

  14. XCALBR8 Says:

    I'd have to say the Wing Commander games, X-wing, and Tie Fighter have to be my all time faves for PC. f-15 strike eagle took a lot of my time as well but not as much as the sci-fi flight sims. Star Raiders was and still is an awesome game. I still have the cart and the special pad w/ overlay for the 2600.

  15. EastBayAnt Says:

    Glider. ;)

    As fun as that was, LHX took up a lot of my time, as did TIE Fighter.

  16. medarch Says:

    F-19 Stealth Fighter! An uber-classic!

  17. Benj Edwards Says:

    Sub-Logic's Flight Simulator series was always too complicated for me. Too realistic, I guess. But it definitely was impressive.

  18. EllisGL Says:

    I remember that ad and wanting one….

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