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Flight Simulator II

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
...
3.2
Atari ST
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4.7
Atari 8-bit
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4.1
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Description

This flight simulator simulates a real aircraft, the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II. For those with the knowledge, it offers practice with the variables of flight, including the avionics. The Atari ST-release (1986), instead, simulates the Cessna 182RG single engine propeller aircraft and the Gates Learjet 25G twin engine jet.

The game has more features than first generation flight simulators. Pilots are expected to pay attention to small details. SubLOGIC encouraged the players to go to flight stores and purchase flight-training manuals and aeronautical charts to help them understand the variables within the program. The game is oriented toward pilots-in-training, but there are options for laymen too: an easy mode, and a slightly more detailed reality mode. These modes do not require the same level of knowledge.

Flight Simulator II is packaged with a WWI dogfighting game, called WWI Ace. In this game the plane is armed with bombs, machine guns, and a radar screen. The radar screen is anachronistic for a game set in World War I, but it is there to make the gameplay easier.

Screenshots

Flight Simulator II Atari 8-bit Up in the air
Flight Simulator II Apple II British Ace
Flight Simulator II Atari ST another spotter plane view
Flight Simulator II TRS-80 CoCo On the runway, preparing for takeoff

Alternate Titles

  • "subLOGIC Flight Simulator II" -- In-game title
  • "AM-FS2" -- Amiga title
  • "A2-FS2" -- Abbreviated Apple II title

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The Press Says

Zzap! Commodore 64 Sep, 1985 98 out of 100 98
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Feb, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1990 88 out of 100 88
Micro 7 Apple II Jun, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1987 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Mar, 1987 10 out of 12 83
ST Action Atari ST Jul, 1988 81 out of 100 81
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1990 67 out of 100 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Nov, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari 8-bit Nov, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

Awards

  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Simulations (editorial staff choice)
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th Anniversary Issue) - #79 on the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #5 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (Commodore 64, Apple II and Atari 8-bit version)

Related Web Sites

  • Flight Simulator History (A thorough timeline and gallery for the subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator, from 1980-2005.)
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