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Flight Simulator II (Commodore 64)

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Description

This flight simulator simulates a real aircraft, the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II. For those with the knowledge, it offers practice with the variables of flight, including the avionics. The Atari ST-release (1986), instead, simulates the Cessna 182RG single engine propeller aircraft and the Gates Learjet 25G twin engine jet.

The game has more features than first generation flight simulators. Pilots are expected to pay attention to small details. SubLOGIC encouraged the players to go to flight stores and purchase flight-training manuals and aeronautical charts to help them understand the variables within the program. The game is oriented toward pilots-in-training, but there are options for laymen too: an easy mode, and a slightly more detailed reality mode. These modes do not require the same level of knowledge.

Flight Simulator II is packaged with a WWI dogfighting game, called WWI Ace. In this game the plane is armed with bombs, machine guns, and a radar screen. The radar screen is anachronistic for a game set in World War I, but it is there to make the gameplay easier.

Screenshots

Flight Simulator II Commodore 64 If you were lucky enough to have a color television, or a monitor, then you were treated to a bright green landscape, that moved below you.
Flight Simulator II Commodore 64 The programmers seem to have switched the C64's green for its grey, for the black-and-white mode.  Notice that the sky is lighter, in relation to the ground.
Flight Simulator II Commodore 64 The opening screen allows you to tune the simulator toward your technology—some people still hadn't bought color televisions yet, and their Commodore 64s were hooked to black-and-white TV sets.

Alternate Titles

  • "subLOGIC Flight Simulator II" -- In-game title
  • "AM-FS2" -- Amiga title
  • "A2-FS2" -- Abbreviated Apple II title

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The Press Says

Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 67 out of 100 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th Anniversary Issue) - #79 on the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #5 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (Commodore 64, Apple II and Atari 8-bit version)

Related Web Sites

  • Flight Simulator History (A thorough timeline and gallery for the subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator, from 1980-2005.)
Jacqke (966) added Flight Simulator II (Commodore 64) on Jul 17, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Andy Voss (1635), Kabushi (116356) and Matthew Toschlog (24)