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Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (DOS)

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Description

Fly as an American or German pilot in the years 1943-1945 in this WWII air combat simulation. This game features several experimental German aircraft to try out. Can you alter the outcome of WWII with them? The experimental German planes include Messerschmitt 262, Me163 Komet rocket plane, and the Gotha "flying wing". You can also fly the traditional ME109 or FW190 piston engine aircraft.

As for the American side, you can take to the skies in the P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, or the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. In the B-17, you can not only control the plane itself, but also the gun turrets and the bombing sight.

Next to training missions for each aircraft, there are several historical missions available, recreating real air encounters of the war.

The Tour of Duty mode allows you to take your pilot through a set number of missions, gaining promotions and medals, with the ultimate goal of surviving the tour.

Finally, there's the strategic campaign mode where you can fight the whole war from either side, both planning and flying missions. As the Americans, the objective is to cripple Germany's industry through strategic bombardment. As the Germans, you have to survive by keeping the industry alive. As time passes, new aircraft become available, in accordance with history. For instance, the Mustang was not deployed until late 1943. For the German side, the jet and rocket aircraft have to be researched before they can be built. The German side can also build V1 and V2 missiles. Another option is to let industrial branches work in secret to hinder the American bombing efforts.

Other interesting features are a mission editor and a film playback option.

Screenshots

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe DOS Go229 - Flying through B17 formation
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe DOS In Gotha 229 - firing Rockets at B-17!
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe DOS Me163 Cockpit - there's the sun, and the version
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe DOS Luftwaffe - Main Menu

Alternate Titles

  • "納粹飛行祕史" -- Chinese title (traditional)
  • "SWOTL" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Eclipsed by other flight sims of its day, SWOTL remains fun and accessible. Les Nessman (263) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
The ultimate WWII air combat simulator Raphael (1160) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Awesome variety of aircraft and missions Dasharatha (10) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Nov, 1991 88 out of 100 88
PC Joker 1991 87 out of 100 87
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1993 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1991 9 out of 12 75
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1995 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

Add-ons

Four extra aircraft were released as separate add-ons: the P-38 Lightning and P-80 Shooting Star for the USAAF and the He 162 Volksjäger and Do 335 Pfeil for the Luftwaffe.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #72 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Simulation in 1992
Information also contributed by mike forster
Raphael (1160) added Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (DOS) on Aug 20, 1999