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F-14 Tomcat (Commodore 64)

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F-14 Tomcat is a simulation of the U.S. Navy's carrier-based air superiority fighter.

The game offers a quick mode, in which one of 80 randomly assigned missions can be flown, but the main attraction is the extensive career mode. It begins with three sets of training missions, featuring basic flight and combat maneuvers and mock dogfights against flight instructors. Good performance here is necessary to advance. It also determines whether the player's pilot will get an impressive or unfavorable callsign as well as final tour of duty assignment. The main tour of duty places the player on the aircraft carrier Nimitz, flying combat missions against Soviet-produced jets like the MiG-21, MiG-25 and MiG-29, as well as American-built F-4s.

Gameplay is seen from a cockpit perspective modeled after the genuine article. Available weapons include Phoenix, AMRAAM and Sidewinder missiles as well as the Vulcan cannon. There are two basic kinds of missions: if war has already broken out, every enemy plane is considered hostile and can be fired on at will. At other times, orders will be not to fire until being fired upon. In such missions, it is possible to warn away the enemy aircraft via radio, or ask for permission to fire from headquarters.

Depending on mission performance, many career paths are possible. An excellent mission record will result in promotions and medals. Violating orders, ejecting without proper reason or poor performance may result in reprimands or even the revocation of flight privileges. On bailing out, there is the possibility of being captured by the enemy, but even then the game is not over, because there is a chance of being rescued. There are also R&R periods, but upon returning to duty a refresher course is in order. Having an excellent performance record at the right age may lead to being called to Top Gun School to compete against the best of the best of the Navy's pilots. Finally, a pilot's career hopefully ends with honorary retirement and not being killed in action.

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F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 Ejected ... rescued by the good guys
F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 On the runway ... ready to take off
F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 During a training mission ... we've to absolve several flight maneuvers
F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 Enemy fighter shot down

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The Press Says

Tilt Apr, 1989 16 out of 20 80
The Games Machine (UK) May, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Zzap! May, 1989 67 out of 100 67
Commodore Force Apr, 1993 64 out of 100 64

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Terok Nor (18752) added F-14 Tomcat (Commodore 64) on Feb 16, 2013