LinksDawn of Aces, released in 1998, is a World War I Air Combat sim designed for internet play.
It was with some trepidation that I opened this package. I had read the biography of Mick Mannock several years ago and was sure that he made no mention of afterburners or missile shots.... How much fun could it be?
The training missions are few in number and consist of dogfighting and strafing attacks on enemy bases. After making a nuisance of myself in this fashion for an hour or so I had seen just about all I wanted to see.... sure the aircraft all handle a bit differently, the sounds were nice, but.....
The manual seemed geared towards online play. Ah well, I thought I'll give it a quick bash. On reaching IM's site I had to download two more bits of software, minor annoyance. Anyway I found the free trial area for Dawn of Aces and without great expectations pressed "Log On".
Suddenly I was standing on a tower watching various biplanes and triplanes weave and dodge in the distance. What the hey, I'll give it half an hour....
Three hours later.....
Forget about computer AI.
These guys (human types) set traps, used brackets, baits, did stall turns, flew below treetop level...... one guy even turned up with a rear seat gunner!
The instrument panels are nicely detailed... not that you get time to inspect them!
Strafing an enemy camp
Deflection shooting becomes the order of the day.
These guys don't fly straight and level for very long.
You really need at least a joystick with a hat switch for the views and a set of rudders. Keep your head on a swivel and use the rudder to turn and go for snapshots.