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Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
62
4.0
Atari ST
...
...
Amiga
64
4.0
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Description

Blue Angels: Formation Flight Squadron is an F/A-18 flight simulator, with a focus on Air Shows. The Blue Angels are the United States' Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, known for tight maneuvers and precision flying. The game attempts to replicate this by offering formation flying, having to react and coordinate with other Blue Angels in the air.

The player can practice any maneuver in the simulator: dozens of high, low and flat maneuvers, Diamond 360 passes, left rolls and 4-point rolls or an entire air show for example. Other than practice events, the player can perform an air show or just go for a free flight. In the air, players fly from a 1st person perspective inside the plane or a 3rd person perspective from a chase plane behind the player. Additionally there are 4 different camera views and 3 different gameplay speeds. After the flight, an analysis is displayed of the flight and the player's performance graded.

Screenshots

Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation DOS learn how to fly in the wire frame simulator (EGA)
Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation Atari ST There's more than one way to take off
Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation Atari ST High scores and credits - low is ace here, so these are sitting ducks
Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation Commodore 64 Pilot list

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The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) DOS Mar, 1990 84 out of 100 84
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jul, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1990 61 out of 100 61
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 61 out of 100 61
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 61 out of 100 61
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 61 out of 100 61
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1990 48 out of 100 48

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Trivia

Code

This game has blank spaces in its code, filled with Artech's postal address and a joke about the C64 coder. Here is the text, as is:

ARTECH Digital Entertainments Inc.
858 Bank St. Suit 101
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
K1S 3W2
Welcome to the blank spot in the code. This space is not needed so I thought I might fill it with idle chatter. The guy working on the C64 version is making all the menus the same as this version, including the "Exit to DOS" which for him is "Exit to BASIC"! What will they think of next?

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #3 Worst Game of All Time

Contributed to by Xoleras (66236), Martin Smith (63164) and Servo (55922)