F29 Retaliator

Critic Score User Score
DOS
70
3.8
Amiga
86
4.1
FM Towns
...
4.0
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Description

This flight simulator puts you in the cockpit of either the F-22 or the fictional F-29.

Choose from four campaigns with increasing difficulty: a training campaign in Arizona plus real war campaigns in the Pacific, the Middle East and in Europe.

Each campaign includes a variety of missions involving both dogfights and air-to-ground attacks.

Screenshots

F29 Retaliator Atari ST Ejected
F29 Retaliator DOS Looking at a base from the side window of my F29 (VGA)
F29 Retaliator Amiga Mission briefing
F29 Retaliator Amiga Welcome to the Europe campaign

Alternate Titles

  • "F-29 Retaliator" -- Media title

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User Reviews

Arcadey fun... if you ignore the bugs Amiga possinboots (44)
Decent flight simulator in its day DOS Feem (45)
A must buy for adlib music lovers and retro game enthusiasts. DOS Joel Segerbäck (584)

Critic Reviews

Top Secret Amiga May, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jan, 1990 96 out of 100 96
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Zero Atari ST Jan, 1990 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jun, 1990 910 out of 1000 91
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Dragon Amiga Oct, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jul, 1990 9.5 out of 12 79
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
DemoNews.de DOS Aug 13, 2002 59 out of 100 59

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Trivia

Add-on

ZERO magazine (Issue 12, October 1990) had a Special Mission that required the original game to play. In it, the player took control of a Retaliator in the Arctic Ocean, and ended up dogfighting with Russian MiGs, as well as alien ships -- looking suspiciously like escapees from Battlestar Galactica (the original, kids) -- from the team's next release, Epic.

Bugs

This game is widely regarded as being quite bugged. One amusing example I'm aware of is that, even after you eject, you still have control of the plane, so it's actually possible to hit yourself with it.

F22

The (real) F22 on the box covers looks nothing like the (fictional) F22 that is actually in the game. Also, contrary to what many believe, the F29 does exist (though not as a fighter), as the X29 experimental aircraft and, in contrast to the above mentioned F22, the F29 and the real X29 look the same.

The Amiga and Atari ST box art, as well as the title screen image in all versions, is based on Lockheed Martin concept art. It's a painting by Syd Mead made in 1988 of the then secret F22 fighter plane, aka the Advanced Tactical Fighter.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #3 Best Simulation Game in 1990
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #36 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #9 Best Simulator Game in 1990 (Atari ST)
Information also contributed by Joel Segerbäck and possinboots
Contributed to by Sciere (342890) and Terok Nor (21366)