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A.T.A.C.: The Secret War against Drugs (1992)

ATAC puts you in the position of group leader of a mixed squadron of F-22s and AH-64s deployed to Colombia by the United Nations to fight the drug cartels.

The manual contains a quite well-written background story to explain how your deployment to Colombia came to be.

As squadron leader, your job is not only to fly, you must also plan the missions. You set the targets and determine the route. During mission execution, you can jump into any cockpit you want and fly that plane or helicopter (somewhat like Israeli Air Force).

The best part of this sim is sadly the background information in the manual (the fact that almost half the manual is taken up by this may be some indication of this). I remember it to run extremely sluggishly on a 286, and even a 486 (recommended system was 386).

Job well done! F-22 over a South American town

Distribution media was a 3.5" HD diskette.

This sim was probably too ambitious for the day, as many current sims show elements introduced here, such as dynamic campaigns. In my memory, this sim flies like a pig. It is slow, sluggish, and quite unresponsive. This may be due in part to the bad stick I had then, but even on a 486-66 with 24MB RAM it was slow. A sim which requires (according to the manual) a 286 should do better.

MiGMan thanks J T. Wenting

NOTE: It screams on a Pentium... as you would expect! MiGMan