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Red Baron (DOS)

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Description

Red Baron puts you in the pilot's seat of actual World War I fighter aircraft. This game features 28 different aircraft from both the Allied and the German sides presented in actual 3D graphics. Start a career as a pilot and rise through the ranks to become the most feared ace in the skies, or participate in a variety of single missions including simple fighter sweeps, balloon-busting, zeppelin hunting, or take on an actual WWI ace in one-on-one combat. If you're good enough, you may even be able to take on the infamous Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron himself.

Screenshots

Red Baron DOS Trying to take out a zeppelin (EGA)
Red Baron DOS Credits
Red Baron DOS Next Mission
Red Baron DOS Your Score

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User Reviews

Wonderful, colorful air combat! Professor (95) unrated
Probably the most fun flight sim ever Maury Markowitz (226) unrated
THE pure dogfighting simulation Rick Jones (108) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Legendary Air Combat Ghost (106) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
AN UNDERRATED GEM!!! Mr. Crap (4) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The One Jan, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Apr, 1991 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1995 72 out of 100 72
GameHippo.com Aug 15, 1998 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

256 color version

Players who owned the 16-color version of the game were a couple of months later invited to send away to Dynamix with proof of purchase to obtain free diskettes containing the 256-color version.

Extras

The box came with maps and a very big manual with information about the Red Baron, WOI, photo's, aircraft specifications, the lot.

Freeware release

This 16 color version was made available as freeware to promote and make amends for the late release of Red Baron II.

Multiplayer

Sierra's on-line community known as the ImagiNation Network (INN) featured, among many other games, a multiplayer version of Red Baron. The multiplayer version was popular and attracted quite a following until the network was unfortunately shutdown in 1996. The Red Baron community supported many squardons (some of which still exist today in other on-line flight simulators), inter-squadron wars, and a player-run "SkyWars Council."

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1991 (Issue #88) – Simulation of the Year
    • May 1993 (Issue #106) - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15th anniverary issue) - #4 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #92 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Imajica, Kasey Chang and WildKard
Ghost (106) added Red Baron (DOS) on Jun 24, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63162) and Terok Nor (18306)