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Chuck Yeager's Air Combat (DOS)

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Description

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat is a flight combat simulation. Fight over 50 missions with Chuck Yeager's advice on your side. You can use the mission builder to create your own missions if the history-based missions don't offer enough challenge. Replay modes let you fast forward and rewind through a recorded battle, including a 3-D "cube" visualization that helps analyze what happened.

Screenshots

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat DOS Negative G forces -- A redout!
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat DOS F-86 Sabre cockpit
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat DOS Choose a mission
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat DOS Checking the replay

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User Reviews

A classic in every sense of the word. SiliconClassics (843) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
If you can get past the plain vga graphics, this game is still a lot of fun 8 years later. Aquaman (51) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
One of the most perfect air-combat sims ever made. Trixter (8734) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
This Game Rocked!! Arlo Mabary (2) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
My definition of "early air combat game". Quackbal (48) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Aug, 1991 900 out of 1000 90
Interface 1991 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Aug, 1991 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1995 66 out of 100 66

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Trivia

Cancelled Amiga version

The planned Amiga version was never completed, although Birds of Prey (also from Electronic Arts) did many of the same things on that system the same year.

OEM version

A special edition was bundled with the Gravis UltraSound in 1993. This version featured a whole new soundtrack intended to show off the capabilities of this sound card. The music used custom samples instead of the standard MIDI instrument set.

Speech

The starts with a digitized message from Chuck saying "Welcome to Chuck Yeager's Air Combat". There are other digitized lines by him such as: "Remember, it's the man - not the machine" which are played after a mission and give feedback about the completion and success rate.

But hidden in the game are some other digitized snippets from the actual game designers, such as:

"Welcome to Brent Iverson's Air Combat"

"Welcome to Paul Grace's Air Combat"

"Welcome to Cynthia Hamilton's Air Combat"

"Hi mom!"

"Oh my." (Spoken by Chuck Yeager)

These snippets were found by decompressing the sound library and picking at it. It is unknown if here is a legitimate way to get the sounds to play, however, such as starting up the game on someone's birthday, or a holiday.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue).- #35 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
Information also contributed by Fire Convoy, Martin Smith, Olivier Masse and PCGamer77

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Trixter (8734) added Chuck Yeager's Air Combat (DOS) on May 05, 1999
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