Combat Flight Sims of the 1990's
Exhibit: Aces of the Pacific
Title - Air Warrior SVGA
Release Date - 1992
Developer - Kesmai
Collection - Yes. Donated by Dan Crenshawof SimHQ.com
Comments - It was the first SVGA sim and ran at 600 x 400 pixels resolution and in 256 colours.
Title - Apache
Release Date - 1995
Developer - Digital Integration
Publisher - Interactive Magic
Collection - - - Yes. Donated by Dan Crenshawof SimHQ.com
Title - ATAC: The Secret War against Drugs (1992)
Release Date - 1992
Developer - Argonaut
Publisher - Microprose
Collection - - Yes. Donated by in 2001 by Dan Crenshawof SimHQ.com
Comments - ATAC (Advanced Tactical Air Command) puts you in the position of group leader of a mixed squadron of F-22's and AH-64's deployed to Colombia by the United States.
Graphic Simulation's F/A-18 3.0 remains one of the few Apple Mac combat flight sims.
Those were the days! A 270 page manual printed on glossy stock and well bound in a size ideal for throne room reading. As well as heaps of tables detailing air-to-ground weapon effectiveness there was diagram after diagram on air combat manoeuvres. Not to mention the 3 full - colour maps!
After scanning the material for this museum entry I moved with bated breath towards my P166 laptop, 3 disks in hand, all psyched up for some retro-viffing.
Alas it was not to be.... there was data corruption on Disk 1 ... Aaaaaaaaaaaaagghh! Never mind.
www.simhq.com sent me a copy with working disks and this time I at least got to see the menu screens!
Back in 1992 CDROM's were showing up on PC's and "interactive movies" like "Dragon's Lair" seemed to point the way forward in interactve games. Planetside used a technique of scrolling pre-rendered landscapes which were originally created using fractal equations.
One of the earliest SVGA sims. Reach for the Skies was a Battle of Britain sim developed by Rowan and published by Virgin in 1993. Flyable aircraft were the Spitfire, Hurricane, Messerschmidt Bf-109, Messerschmidt Bf -110, Heinkel He-111 and Dornier Do-117.
Specs :SVGA Harrier Assault (1992)-
SVGA Harrier Assault - This was the first SVGA sim, which meant that instead of VGA graphics of 320 x 200 pixels, we now had 640 x 400 - this was high fidelity !.
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
The background sound playing on this page is from - Falcon 3.0
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