Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain (Atari ST)

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The second of Lucasfilm Games' air combat simulations and follow-up to Battlehawks 1942, Their Finest Hour recreates the Battle of Britain during WWII in the summer of 1940.

Players can fly both for the German Luftwaffe and the British Royal Air Force.

On the British side, two planes are available: the Spitfire and the Hurricane. For the Germans, there is the fighter Bf 109, the heavy fighter/fighter bomber Bf 110, the infamous Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber, and the three light/medium bombers Do 17, He 111 and Ju 88.

Next to training missions for every plane, there are several historical combat missions to be flown. In accordance with history, most RAF missions consist of defense assignments - intercepting and destroying German bombers. Most Luftwaffe missions are attack runs - either flying the bomber escort or the bombers themselves. In the heavier planes, not only can the pilot of the plane be controlled, but also the gunner(s), and, in the bombers, the bombardier.

The special Campaign Mode allows one to actually change the historical outcome of the Battle of Britain. On a strategic map, planes must be organized into groups and assigned to missions, one of which must be flown. The outcome of that mission affects those of all others and also the status of the overall campaign. The British side wins by simply surviving for a certain time or by destroying enough German aircraft. The German side wins by destroying enough RAF fighters, either in the air or on the ground.

Also included in the game is a mission builder for designing custom missions, and a film playback option for reviewing recorded flight footage.


Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Atari ST Select from several dependant on plane selection
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Atari ST Success and a good meal in France for our Luftwaffe pilots
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Atari ST Fighter shot down from the belly gunner position splashes into the English Channel.
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Atari ST Flying the Junkers Ju 88A-1 Medium Bomber just behind our flight leader along with Bf 109e escort fighters.

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ST Format Oct, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Atari ST User Sep, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ST Action Mar, 1993 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1990 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Nov, 1990 77 out of 100 77
ST Format Jun, 1994 66 out of 100 66


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  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #93 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer Gaming World
    • September 1991 (Issue #86) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • October 1990 (Issue #74) - Action Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #21 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Computer Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Simulation in 1989
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #19 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
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