Tornado, a combat flight simulation by Digital Integration. Tornado, a combat flight simulation by Digital Integration Tornado, a combat flight simulation by Digital Integration
Exhibit: Tornado (1993)

Release Date: 1993
Platform: PC DOS, AMIGA
Host sim: Self
Designers: Dave Marshall and Rod Swift.
Publisher: Digital Integration
In collection: Yes
Comments: One of the all-time classic flight sims. The training missions covered every aspect of operating the Tornado and you were wise to work your way through them... this sim gave you more opportunities to "buy the farm" than most! Player aircraft were Tornado IDS (Interdiction/Strike) and Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant).

From the moment the game booted into the gorgeous SVGA menu screens you knew this was going to be a special experience. For a start, your typical mission profile involved flying a barely subsonic speeds at 200 feet altitude, threading your way past fighter patrols and SAMs and then flying over the enemy's most heavily defended assets.... his airbase. If you are interested in the world of low level strike aircraft such as the Tornado or F-111 you can't go past this sim. The training missions covered every aspect of operating the Tornado and you were wise to work your way through them..... this sim gave you more opportunities to "buy the farm" than most!

Many of the features of this sim appeared again in Digital Integration's F/A-18E Super Hornet.

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The simulation

Box Contents

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Manual _replace_sim_name_: Manual cover The cover to the Spanish edition of the "Desert Storm" expansion.

This is one plane where even takeoff necessitates that you RTFM first!

And what a manual!

332 pages detailing weapons delivery modes, landing a damaged aircraft (very relevant to this sim) and how to get from A to B in one piece.

For example the wing sweep has 3 setings. If the wings are swept too far back the plane won't be able to climb over obstacles in time when you are travelling at high speed and low altitude.
Inserts The sim came with 4 excellent maps The sim came with 4 excellent maps, they were actually useful for mission planning and reference during flight, representing a fictitious but well thought out landscape.
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Hardware and O/S requirements

Date OS Comments
1993 Commodore Amiga
1990's IBM PC DOS It ran very smoothly on a 486.
2000 Win 98 I couldn't get the sim to run properly under Windows 98.;
2016 iDOS app under IOS Running Tornado under iDOS
2016 The future? "For an update to happen, the game will have to be re-written from the ground up using C or something higher than the original 16-bit (real-mode) assembly language. Even with the game source code now available, it is very difficult to find anyone willing to spare the time and effort to extend the game." ?-
Frankie Kam is a die-hard fan of Digital Integration's 1993 sim 'Tornado'.
Frankie Kam

Tornado: Snap Views

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Front cockpit
Tornado: Cockpit:  Snap view: Up
Tornado: Cockpit: Snap view: Left Tornado: Cockpit: Snap view: Default cockpit view
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Rear cockpit
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The Tornado has a has a comprehensive Terrain Following Radar suite (TFR) which keeps you off the ground most of the time.
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