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Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain (DOS)

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The second of Lucasfilm Games' air combat simulations and follow-up to Battlehawks 1942, Their Finest Hour recreates the Battle of Britain during WWII in the summer of 1940.

Players can fly both for the German Luftwaffe and the British Royal Air Force.

On the British side, two planes are available: the Spitfire and the Hurricane. For the Germans, there is the fighter Bf 109, the heavy fighter/fighter bomber Bf 110, the infamous Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber, and the three light/medium bombers Do 17, He 111 and Ju 88.

Next to training missions for every plane, there are several historical combat missions to be flown. In accordance with history, most RAF missions consist of defense assignments - intercepting and destroying German bombers. Most Luftwaffe missions are attack runs - either flying the bomber escort or the bombers themselves. In the heavier planes, not only can the pilot of the plane be controlled, but also the gunner(s), and, in the bombers, the bombardier.

The special Campaign Mode allows one to actually change the historical outcome of the Battle of Britain. On a strategic map, planes must be organized into groups and assigned to missions, one of which must be flown. The outcome of that mission affects those of all others and also the status of the overall campaign. The British side wins by simply surviving for a certain time or by destroying enough German aircraft. The German side wins by destroying enough RAF fighters, either in the air or on the ground.

Also included in the game is a mission builder for designing custom missions, and a film playback option for reviewing recorded flight footage.

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Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain DOS Title screen (VGA)
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain DOS Chasing Me109s
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain DOS Main menu
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain DOS Use the cipher wheel to tune the radio (aka copy protection!)

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A simple, but very fun WWII Flight sim Ray Soderlund (3500) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Dragon Jan, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zero Feb, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Dec, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 79 out of 100 79
Tilt Mar, 1990 15 out of 20 75
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1993 74 out of 100 74
PC Gamer UK Jun, 1994 73 out of 100 73

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Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • September 1991 (Issue #86) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • October 1990 (Issue #74) - Action Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #21 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Computer Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Simulation in 1989
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #19 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
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Raphael (1160) added Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain (DOS) on Aug 19, 1999
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